When it comes to homebrew projects, Google is actually a pretty cool company. Unlike some of its rivals in Silicon Valley—particularly in Cupertino—the search giant sometimes likes to help people hack into its hardware and make it their own. The latest example of this fine tradition helped one crafty British man turn…
Winemaking is always an exercise in uncertainty. You don’t really know just what the wine will taste like until the very end of the process, which is sometimes decades long. A new technique, however, could help predict what wine will taste like before it’s even made.
When the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977, Toyota had a Celica painted and sticker’d up with Darth Vader and friends (technically enemies, actually.) The car was given away, the creators got mired in legal trouble, and now that we’re riding a fresh wave of Star Wars PR somebody wants this thing back.
The Phlico Predicta was a TV that, in design terms at least, was way ahead of its time. But what if it had come loaded with Netflix?
The world we currently live in loves the old world we used to live in. To a point. Everyone gets lovesick with nostalgia and pines for the good ol’ days but no one will ever really go back in time because it means our iPhones will be older and Facebook won’t load as fast. So in that yearning for yesterday, we decide…
Teslas might be ‘practical’ and ‘fast’ and other useful things, but they’re also a little nouveau riche. If you want real electric-car class, you’ve got to hark back to 1905, and this very expensive vintage golf cart.
One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer.
Large in physical size, not in storage capacity. Computer enthusiast Christopher Parish modified a vintage “DEC RL02” drive—as big as a decent PC case—from the 70s so it can connect to modern PCs via USB. Technically this might be the largest and the heaviest USB storage device in the world.
After World War II, people in the U.S. started buying vinyl and record players more than ever before. But over in West Germany, another music player took off: the Tefifon.
Hyperlapses aren't anything new these days, even your phone can do them. But back in 1995, no one knew what the hell a hyperlapse was (the term was coined in 2012) so imagine the collective mind melting and freakout that happened when this video was shown off in 1995. It was shot on a 16mm camera by Guy Roland with…
The guys at AtomCentral uploaded this video depicting the failed test of the Atlas missile back in 1961. The footage—scanned to HD from the original film—shows the rocket exploding in an epic and mesmerizing slow motion that would make Michael Bay drool.
Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..."
Also, Cheese Cracker Cubes, Bacon Squares, "Frankfurters," Banana Pudding, and PEACH AMBROSIA. Wonder how that tasted in spaced-out form?
From the collection of the National Archives UK, this awesomely simple chart was drawn in 1969. Some of them look like classic scifi interpretations of flying saucers ... but we also see some hubcaps and hats in there, too.
In the 1940s, people tuned into regal radios that were as much a piece of furniture as they were a gadget. So when computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson decided to build a small, high-end gaming PC, he took design cues from a popular Canadian radio model, The Addison. Stephenson crafted an intricate paean to…
Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transit, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway forty years ago.
There is nothing coy about these vintage Dutch safety and anti-alcohol propaganda posters. They want you to know just how horribly inattention to your work will maim you, live wires will electrocute you, and alcohol will destroy your life.
Hello, beautiful. No, not you. That animated GIF of a wonderfully curvy Coronet Super 12 typewriter. Oh and that one of TEAC reel-to-reel tapedeck and the Bell & Howe Super 8 projector. Actually, all of the images in Jim Golden's new project "Relics of Technology" are just great.
When numbers get either very, very large or very, very small, it's hard to conceptualize exactly what they mean. But this vintage video is a simple guide to comprehending numerical extremes.
Whenever you look at vintage photographs taken using old methods, there's always a certain haunting quality about them. The life captured is so still, the eyes always seem so dark. It's almost joyless. Photographer Victoria Will wanted to see how old photographs would translate with modern people so she used an 1860's…