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100 Examples of Retro-Style Tech

From MP3 Record Players to Large-Scale Retro Phones

— August 23, 2013 — Tech
While a lot of fashion has borrowed styles from the 40s and 50s, these gadgets take retro-style tech a step further by blending vintage styles with the capabilities of today's technology.

Many modern devices adopt forms that eradicates buttons in favor of a sleek, minimal design. Because of this, a lot of phones, TVs and cameras start to look awfully similar. Instead of focusing purely on performance, these novel retro-inspired forms create new selling points that make them stand out in a competitive and rapidly changing market.

These retro-style gadgets may not be of any benefit to a device's performance, but since the baby boomers grew up in the 40s and 50s, these products bring back nostalgia for items they may have had at home in their youth.
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Vintage Film-Saving Gadgets
Vintage Film-Saving Gadgets
Smartphone Lomography Scanner Redeems Old Films Back on Virtual Space
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98
Windup Movie Projectors
Windup Movie Projectors
The 'Bioscope' Movie Projector Brings a Twist to Home Movies
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97
Vintage Console-Inspired Laptops
Vintage Console-Inspired Laptops
Sega is Releasing Classic Console-Themed Laptops in Japan
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96
Rockin' Retro Amps
Rockin' Retro Amps
Fender's EC Series Eric Clapton Amplifiers Celebrate the Golden Age of Rock
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95
Nostalgic Sound System Tech
Nostalgic Sound System Tech
The Crosley iJuke Premier Dock Revives Retro Tech for a New Generation
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94
Retro Arcade Music Machines
Retro Arcade Music Machines
The Pianocade Synthesizer Makes 80s 8-Bit Tunes
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93
Vintage Tablet Holders
Vintage Tablet Holders
The iPad iTypeWriter Gives an Old-School Feel to New Devices
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92
Vintage Music Converters
Vintage Music Converters
Digitize Your Music into Portable MP3s with the Vinyl Record Converter
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91
Retro Gaming Smartphone Add-Ons
Retro Gaming Smartphone Add-Ons
The iCade 8-Bitty Game Controller Takes You Back to 1985
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90
Ultra-Portable Vinyl Players
Ultra-Portable Vinyl Players
ION's Duo Deck Turntable Lets You Take Vintage Music on the Go
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89
Modern Abacuses
Modern Abacuses
Partners & Spade are Bringing Vintage Calculators Back
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88
Vinyl Cassette Hybrids
Vinyl Cassette Hybrids
ION Duo Deck Plays Converts Vintage Music Formats into MP3s
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87
Retro Camera Room Lights
Retro Camera Room Lights
The Vintage Camera Nightlight is Perfect for Night-Fearing Shutterbugs
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86
Enhanced Analog Synthesizers
Enhanced Analog Synthesizers
Moog's Latest Synthesizer Blends Functionality with Vintage Features
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85
Fun Fishy Cameras
Fun Fishy Cameras
Experiment with Your Photography Using the new Lomo La Sardina
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84
Retro Drawing Game Tablets
Retro Drawing Game Tablets
The Etcher: Etch-A-Sketch for iPad Combines Old and New Technology
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83
Vintage-Styled Calculators
Vintage-Styled Calculators
The Retro Calculator is a Modern Device That Looks Like an Antique
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82
Revamped Retro Stereos
Revamped Retro Stereos
The Koss Porta Pro KTC Headphones Look Like a New Type of Headgear
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81
Vintage Vocal Microphones
Vintage Vocal Microphones
Bring Back the Oldies With a Samson Meteor Mic
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80
Antiquated iDevice Speakers
Antiquated iDevice Speakers
The iPad Classic Cabinet Music Center is a Blast from the Past
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79
Shoot-and-Show Video Cameras
Shoot-and-Show Video Cameras
HDV-350S Ordro Camcorder With Pico Projector is Now Available
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78
Vintage Camera Device Docks
Vintage Camera Device Docks
This Brownie Hawkeye iPhone Dock Has a Perfectly Old School Flair
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77
Retro Robot Timepieces
Retro Robot Timepieces
The EOBOT Watch is Inspired by the Mechanical Monsters from the 1950s
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76
Retro Camera USBs
Retro Camera USBs
Reminisce of the Old Days with this Vintage Camera USB Drive
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75
Retro Movie Cameras
Retro Movie Cameras
The Lomography LomoKino Cam Captures in 35mm Film
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74
MP3 Record Players
MP3 Record Players
The iTurntable is Adapted Old Audio Technology for a Revamped Retro Electronic
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73
Rockabilly Music Box Speakers
Rockabilly Music Box Speakers
The Ion Jukebox Dock is a Retro 50s-Inspired Tune Player for iPads
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72
Revived Retro Handhelds
Revived Retro Handhelds
The Neo Geo Portable Device Marks the Triumphant Return of SNK
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71
Retro-Futuristic Audio Accessories
Retro-Futuristic Audio Accessories
The Pyle Audio Vintage Turntables are Multi-Functional
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70
Retro Television iPad Docks
Retro Television iPad Docks
This Natural Wood iPad Dock from Miterbox Brings You Back to the Day
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69
Cathode Ray Gadget Stands
Cathode Ray Gadget Stands
Jonas Damon's Television iPad Case Harks Back to the '50s
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68
Old School Desktop Tablet Covers
Old School Desktop Tablet Covers
ThinkGeek's Padintosh iPad Case is Functionally Retro
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67
Retro Cassette Converters
Retro Cassette Converters
The Player and Tape Concept Will Rewind You Back to the 80s
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66
Modern Ghetto Amplifiers
Modern Ghetto Amplifiers
This Uniform Experiment x LASONiC iPod Boombox Kicks it Old-School
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65
Minimalist Micro Boomboxes
Minimalist Micro Boomboxes
The 'Sound + Go' Lets You Carry Big Sound Like a Suitcase
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64
Vintage Gaming Adapters
Vintage Gaming Adapters
The Retrode Lets You Play SNES and Sega Genesis Games on Your Computer
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63
Revamped Old School Consoles
Revamped Old School Consoles
The NES Console Gets Redesigned with a Built-in Screen
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62
Retro Smartphone Handsets
Retro Smartphone Handsets
Step Back in Time with This Old-School Recreation
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61
Vintage Synth USBs
Vintage Synth USBs
The Roland TR-808 Flash Drive Pays Homage to a Legendary Beat Machine
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60
Tiny Instagram Projector
Tiny Instagram Projector
Projecteo by Benjamin Redford is a Tribute to the Social Media Camera
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59
Retro Smartphone Handsets
Retro Smartphone Handsets
Yubz Creates Handsets That Look Great and Protect You From Radiation
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58
3D Capturing Vintage Cameras
3D Capturing Vintage Cameras
Retro Meets Innovative Technology With the Samsung NX300
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57
Functional Retro Phone Docks
Functional Retro Phone Docks
Get Nostalgic with the ‘Ice-Phone’ Handset
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56
Old School Communication Peripherals
Old School Communication Peripherals
The Walkie Talkie Smartphone Microphone and Speaker is Retro
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55
Old-Fashioned Photography Apps
Old-Fashioned Photography Apps
The 'Strut Type' App for iPhone is Reminiscent of a Simpler Time
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54
Retro-Inspired Digital Camcorders
Retro-Inspired Digital Camcorders
The Fuuvi Bee 8MM Digital Camera Makes Vintage Movies
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53
Retro Music Box Cases
Retro Music Box Cases
The Zero Gravity Boombox iPhone 5 Shell Brings You Back to the 80s
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52
Cassette Smartphone Cases
Cassette Smartphone Cases
This Cassette Phone Case Makes Your Modern iPhone Look Super Retro
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51
Retro Plasma Televisions
Retro Plasma Televisions
Wilkerson Furniture
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50
Brass Horn Amplifiers
Brass Horn Amplifiers
The Classic Styling of this Trumpstand iPhone Dock is Awe-inspiring
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49
Nostalgic Phone Alarm Docks
Nostalgic Phone Alarm Docks
This iPhone Alarm Dock Reinvents an Old Form
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48
Wood-Made Film Cameras
Wood-Made Film Cameras
The ONDU Wooden Camera Brings People Back to Classic Photography
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47
TV-Inspired Desktops
TV-Inspired Desktops
The SchultzeWORKS Philco PC Looks Like a Modern Antique
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46
Revamped Retro Cams
Revamped Retro Cams
Polaroid SX-70 Vintage Camera Brings Back a Classic for Photographers
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45
Glowing Steampunk Flash Drives
Glowing Steampunk Flash Drives
This Light Up USB Glows Eerily When Connected to a Computer
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44
Retro Nostalgia Phone Cases
Retro Nostalgia Phone Cases
The 80s Cell Phone Case for iPhone is Amazing
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43
Undercover Retro Digital Cameras
Undercover Retro Digital Cameras
The Fujifilm X-E1 Camera Looks Like a SLR But Is Really Digital
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42
Retro Bathroom Radios
Retro Bathroom Radios
The Lexon Mezzo Transistor Has a Vintage Looks with Modern Practicality
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41
Large-Scale Retro Phones
Large-Scale Retro Phones
The Just 5 Brick Phone is a Nostalgic Flashback for Cellphones
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40
Retro Tablet Accessories
Retro Tablet Accessories
The Typescreen Turns Your iPad into an Old-Timey Typewriter
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39
$2.8 Million Cameras
$2.8 Million Cameras
The Leica 35mm O-Series is Now the World's Most Expesive Photography Device
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38
Retro Radio Phone Docks
Retro Radio Phone Docks
The iPhone Radio Dock Transforms Your Phone into an Analog Tuner
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37
Modernized Vintage Consoles
Modernized Vintage Consoles
The Fake Game Boy Cartidges Fuse Old and New Technology
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36
Camera-Enhancing Smartphone Cases
Camera-Enhancing Smartphone Cases
The Foto.Sosho Will.I.Am Accessory Improves iPhone Pictures
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35
Nostalgic Musical Docks
Nostalgic Musical Docks
The Crosby 'Ranchero' Player is Retro
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34
Classic Gaming Flash Drives
Classic Gaming Flash Drives
The NES Controller USB Drive Brings the 8-Bit Era to Computers
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33
Apocalypse-Ready Boom Boxes
Apocalypse-Ready Boom Boxes
The Tho­dio A-​​Box Prepares You for Zombie Outbreaks
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Designer Retro Radios
Designer Retro Radios
The Orla Kiely 'Evoke Mio' is a Stylish Modernized Sound System
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31
Chairs From Old TVs
Chairs From Old TVs
Upcycling Retro Televisions Into Comfortable Seating
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30
Retro Flat-Screen Televisions
Retro Flat-Screen Televisions
The LG Classic TV Combines 60s Design with Modern Tech
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Retro Miniature Digital Cameras
Retro Miniature Digital Cameras
Carbon Has Launched the Polaroid-Inspired One Mini Camera
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28
Retro Camera Phone Covers
Retro Camera Phone Covers
The Gizmon iCA iPhone Case Turns Your Smartphone Into a Leica
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Vintage Camera Gadget Covers
Vintage Camera Gadget Covers
The Stickit Skins Collection of Retro Casings Go On in a Snap
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26
Landline Smartphone Cradles
Landline Smartphone Cradles
The BT Phone Dock for iPhone Transforms the Device into a Home Phone
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25
Chic-Street Boomboxes
Chic-Street Boomboxes
Paul Smith x LASONiC i931 Gives Amplifiers a High Fashion Twist
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24
Vintage Wireless Landline Docks
Vintage Wireless Landline Docks
'woodguy32' Goes Retro with Smartphones in a Classy Way
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Refurbished Photo Equipment
Refurbished Photo Equipment
The Ilott Vintage Cameras are Distinct and Elegant
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Retro Eco-Friendly Stereos
Retro Eco-Friendly Stereos
Live a Greener Lifestyle by Using the Card Radio
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Custom Tangerine Cameras
Custom Tangerine Cameras
The ColorWare Leica D-Lux 5 Lets You Have the Say in its Design
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20
Retro-Inspired Digital Cameras
Retro-Inspired Digital Cameras
This Camera Concept Pays Homage to Classic Dieter Rams Design
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Antique Digitized Keyboards
Antique Digitized Keyboards
The USB Typewriter Turns Your iPad Into Something Ancient
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18
Funneled LP iPhone Amps
Funneled LP iPhone Amps
Change the Record Delivers Acoustics Through Molded Vinyls
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17
Handheld History Tomes
Handheld History Tomes
'Pixel Galaxy' is a Retrospective on Game Boy Awesomeness
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16
Retro Camera Nightlights
Retro Camera Nightlights
Jason Hull Creates Vintage Illuminating Comfort in the Dark
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Instant Filter Camera Lenses
Instant Filter Camera Lenses
The Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens is Inspired by 1840s Technology
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14
Updated Analogue Cameras
Updated Analogue Cameras
Break the Rules with the Lomography Sprocket Rocket
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Retro-Styled Boom Boxes
Retro-Styled Boom Boxes
The iBox XC by Thodio Blends New Technology with the Design of Yesteryear
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12
Retro Revival Gadget Stands
Retro Revival Gadget Stands
The V-Luxe iPad Stand Takes You Back to a Simpler Time
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11
Contemporary Ghetto Blasters
Contemporary Ghetto Blasters
The iHome iP4 is a Modern Take on the Classic Boombox
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10
Steampunk Gaming Platforms
Steampunk Gaming Platforms
This Steampunk Nintendo System is a Radically Retro Re-Imagination
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9
Retro Arboreal Laptops
Retro Arboreal Laptops
The Jeffrey Stephensen Wood PC Case is Amazing
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8
Vintage Tablet Holders
Vintage Tablet Holders
The NotchedArt Wooden iPad Stand is Retro
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7
1950s Style TVs
1950s Style TVs
The Telstar Predicta
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Retro Digital Workstations
Retro Digital Workstations
Old Time Computer Releases Vintage-Themed Apple Product Attachments
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5
Triple-Threat Morning Cookers
Triple-Threat Morning Cookers
The Retro Series 3-in-1 Breakfast Station Gets Food Ready in One Go
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4
Modernized Ghetto Radios
Modernized Ghetto Radios
The Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox is the Best of Two Generations
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3
Repurposed Motorcycle Part Lamps
Repurposed Motorcycle Part Lamps
This Motorcycle Headlight Lamp is an Inventive Upcycled Project
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2
Retro Flip Phone Cases
Retro Flip Phone Cases
This iPhone Flip Phone Case Takes Your Device Back in Time
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90s Gadget Phone Covers
90s Gadget Phone Covers
This Old-School iPhone 5 Case Will Get You Feeling Nostalgic
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