9 Retrofitted Gadgets for Modern Times
With remakes of movies and T.V. shows, it was only logical for technology to follow suit and look back to the past for inspiration. The latest trend has brands reusing their original designs or upgrading the gadgets of yore, thus tapping into our nostalgic sensibilities. The past will always be looked upon as simpler times because of our childhood. But of course we’re not naïve as to assume this also means they were better times in terms of the advancement of technology. We can’t blame consumers for clinging to the past as the present has just been crazy and they deserve a break. The struggles of decades past include searching for AAA batteries, rewinding tapes, connecting the modem, lugging around the bulky AC adapter, and the like. Luckily, we can have the best of both worlds and retain the vintage aesthetic while enjoying modern conveniences such as the gadgets on this list.
Azio Mk Retro (P10,500)
The clickety-clack of its mechanical keys will make you feel like you’re writing the next great novel or a detective typing expository observations in a film noir—instead of, you know, writing your business report. You may or may not develop a transatlantic accent in the process.
Available at Lazada
Smartphone Magnifier (P900)
Television sets of the past had rounded-out screens and dials that remind us of Saturday morning cartoons and a bowl of cereal. Now you can relive that moment with the Smartphone Magnifier that will make streaming your favorite shows as easy as pie.
Available at Abubot
Marshall Acton Bluetooth Speaker (P12,760)
Stage a mini rock show with an amp that looks like it should be connected to an electric guitar. The amp doesn’t need to be plugged into anything since it will naturally increase the volume of your music.
Available at Digital Walker
ION Audio Cassette Adapter Bluetooth (P3,248.87)
Guardians of the Galaxy’s intergalactic hero Star-Lord may have already moved on to the Zune, but he’s definitely had a hand in the great cassette renaissance thanks to his Awesome Mix. If you find yourself hitching a ride in your parents’ vintage family car, insert this audio adapter in the tape deck so you can blast that oldies-but-goodies playlist on the road.
Available at Lazada
Super Hub Play Hub (P595)
Isn’t it funny that a controller, that you used to fight over with your siblings before wireless gaming became a thing, now doubles as a contraption (design-wise, at least) that promotes sharing? This USB hub provides four ports so you can charge several gadgets at a time or share with other techies who need to juice up.
Available at Abubot
SNES Controller (P2,100), NES Controller (P2,200), and Family Computer Controller (P2,200)
Smartphones and current-gen consoles have tried banking on gamer nostalgia by providing app versions of old games or backwards compatibility respectively. However, nothing quite emulates the tactile feel of pressing the D-pad and buttons so hard that it leaves an indent on your thumbs, the mark of a virtual job well done. Thankfully, these Bluetooth controllers that are compatible with both your smartphone (Android/IOS) and desktop (Mac/Windows) can give you the same experience so you can game like it’s the 1990’s.
Available at Long Live Play
Nokia 3310 (P2,490) and Blackberry KeyOne (P31,500)
Sure, we’ve got what’s basically a mini PC at our fingertips but some of us miss the days when the mobile phone was actually a phone and it was used for texting and calling. Enter the Nokia 3310 and Blackberry KeyOne, one is what is amusingly called a “dumbphone” while the other is an android smartphone. Both share the distinction of bringing back physical buttons in their design. It’s only been a decade since they went out of style but both the Nokia and Blackberry have left a lasting impact on pop culture, so we’re glad to see its return.
Available in major tech stores
ION Duo Deck (P7,051)
This is the ultimate tito staple! Not only does it have an LP player but it’s also got a tape deck at the bottom, too. You can transfer music from the vinyl or cassette tape via a USB cable to your PC/Mac and convert songs into MP3 format. It even has an audio jack for private listening in case you don’t want anyone to hear the mixtape you made in high school. Now that’s what we call preserving audiophile history.
Available at Galleon.ph
Fujifilm X100F (P65,691) and Olympus PEN-F (P85,232)
We’ve certainly come a long way in the last decade in terms of technological advancements in the field of photography. Our scant documentation options back then consisted of bulky DSLR cameras, low-resolution point-and-shoot digicams, even grainier cellphone cams, and the best selfie-snapper around—the Macbook Photobooth. These current-gen vintage designs house advanced conveniences like Wi-Fi capabilities and stronger processing power that makes it accessible to newbies and pros alike.
Available at Henry's