The allure of retro has been brewing over the past few years, but now it has actually hit the production lines. Consumers will soon be able to shoot super 8, listen to music on turn tables and play pinball like it’s 1974.
Sign of the times
In 2014 Polaroid launched the $299 “Socialmatic” camera that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or piggybacks on your mobile phone connection over Bluetooth. Polaroid’s camera runs Android, and it can instantly post photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social network that has an Android App on the Google Play Store.
Kodak Kicking it Old School at CES – New Super 8 Film Camera
Kodak surprised the world Tuesday with the announcement of a brand new Super 8 film camera that it hopes will kick off a revival of the nearly forgotten format. “By launching its first Super 8 camera product in more than 30 years, Kodak is demonstrating its resolve to ensure that film plays an important role in the future of filmmakers — both professionals and amateurs.”
If you saw the products announced at Sony’s CES media conference, you could be forgiven for thinking you were stepping back in time. It remains to be seen whether the vinyl revival is a long-term trend or a blip, but manufacturers are keeping busy exploiting the demand for turntables; UK music retailer HMV sold one every minute during the Christmas sales period.
“Forget Oculus. Silver balls are back.”
Retro Video Game Systems (RVGS) is collaborating with Coleco to launch a modern cartridge-based console in early 2016. In doing so, the company is bringing back an ancient and familiar name in the video gaming industry.