Information overload is not what it used to be. In 1983, magazines, television, and radio were apparently enough to make people lose their bearings. Well it's a good thing AT&T was there with a cure—The Viewtron!

The Viewtron connected to your TV and phone line to serve you on-demand news, weather, sports, and shopping. As cumbersome as it all looks, does it not resemble our current methods of info-consumption rather closely? The Viewtron failed to attract consumers, however, and was abandoned in 1986. [YouTube / AT&T Tech Channel via Laughing Squid]