Sony's Entire 1976 Lineup in One Photo

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In 1976, Sony went to the National Stadium in Tokyo and lined up every single gadget they offered to photograph them. All were analog, mostly in radio, audio and TV. This is a photo of that.


This was pre walkman and at the dawn of the age of the Betamax. Today, this would be impossible, says Sony. There's a lesson here: A gadget company should be able to fit all their SKUs in a stadium, or risk confusing their customers. []

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born.

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Aside from wasting money when they're already posting huge losses, even with hundreds of models, if they can fit in convention centers, they could definitely fit them in a stadium.

It's kind of sad that they just threw up an old photo instead of doing a modern version.