It's fun getting caught up in the hype of cutting-edge gadgets and the excitement of new releases, but don't you sometimes feel like demanding that the good old days of analog and Lo-fi come back around? Sure, there is always some killjoy reminding you of what a hassle LPs and rotary phones actually were, but sometimes nostalgia breeds quirky and unexpected improvements, a la what Hipstamatic did for everyone's Facebook photos.
Fortunately, despite countless modern updates and upgrades, certain elements of old school technology refuse to go away. Welcome to Back by Popular DEWmand, a new series in which we take a look at some nifty modern innovations that bring back the best features of outmoded gadgets—inspired by Mountain Dew.
Ever long for the days when a man could get a room for $5 a week, a sandwich for a dime, and all it took to find himself on an adventure was a keen ear to the ground, and a press card wedged firmly in his hat brim? The Fujifilmfilm FinePix X100 won't take you back in time, or necessarily turn you into a hardboiled foreign correspondent-type, but with the 1950s-inspired, Leica-like, DSLR around your neck, you can certainly pretend.(The Fujifilm FinePix X100 is available from Fujifilm—$1,199)
There is no need to long for the days of print when you can just make your tablet look like a literary masterpiece. BOOK is a handmade, customizable, hardcover case for your iPad—so you can look like you're deep in Dostoyevsky when you're actually killing your Angry Birds score. (BOOK for iPad is available from Nedrelow—starting at $99)
There were three things that differentiated the cool kids in the 80's: how many hours a day they could loiter at the mall without buying anything, their cassette collection and accompanying Walk-man, and whether or not they owned a Casio watch. Good thing the company has brought back their classic LDF40-1 calculator watch, now you can figure out exactly how old your and Alyssa Milano's children would be—if only she had answered your letters. (The LDF40-1 is available from Casio—$29.95)
Check back soon when we look at some more old tech turned new, and head here for more info on MOUNTAIN DEW PITCH BALCK® and MOUNTAIN DEW SUPERNOVA®, the legendary flavors that Mountain Dew has finally brought back due to popular DEWmand!