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Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Internet, The

Originally based on the ARPAnet military network launched in 1969 to link only universities, government bodies and defence agencies, the Internet quickly evolved into...

Asteroids

In the years after Star Wars (1977), anything involving outer space, zippy interstellar craft and dangerous battles was golden. Into this arena of sci-fi fantasy...

Mobile Telephones (Cell Phones)

               

Discman

Sony launched the digital audio revolution in 1983 with the first compact disc player. In 1984 they went one better, by introducing a miniaturised CD player...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

Tamagotchis

Already hugely popular in Japan, Bandai's Tamagotchis - or "virtual pets" - were all the rage in the US in 1997. Retailing for between $9.99...

Betamax

 

Sinclair C5

"Imagine a vehicle that can drive you five miles for a penny. A vehicle that needs no petrol - just a battery. And that...

Hovercrafts

The hovercraft was invented by Suffolk boat builder Christopher Cockerell in 1956. The theory behind one of the most successful inventions of the 20th...

Concorde

The first supersonic airliner Concorde began transatlantic flights from London to New York on 24 May 1976. The new aircraft reduced the flight time to...

Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner...

Arcade Games

Early 1950s fore-runners of arcade games included photo booths which became a national craze and shuffle games which moved beyond bowling with Deluxe Shuffle...

Walkman

The technology behind the Sony Walkman - a portable personal device for listening to cassettes - might never have developed without Sony Chairman Akio Morita. Seeking...

Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

The advent of the VCR suddenly offered the TV viewer a different relationship with broadcast television by making it possible to time shift, to...

TV Detector Vans

Since television licenses first appeared in the UK, the TV Detector Man has been a ghoulish spectre who can allegedly track down telly-watchers by...

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False Eyelashes

False eyelashes were already a common accessory for women by the 1960s, but when Twiggy’s long and lush lashes made her famous, girls wanted...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Moon Landing (1969)

It seemed the whole world had stopped. Then, clear as crystal, came those immortal words . . . "That's one small step for man...

Page 3 Girls

Rupert Murdoch relaunched The Sun as a tabloid in 1969. Its sexual politics were in place from the start. The first Page 3 girl, Stephanie Rahn, appeared...

Super Jock

Debuting in the mid-70s, the Super Jock athletes did things no non-super person could possibly do. For instance, most people don't have elongated necks...

Candy Land

Imagine that the Brothers Grimm invented a board game. Now take out the witches. Welcome to Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio when...