The new book Retro-Electro is a primer to the slew of outmoded devices left in the wake of techâ€™s breakneck progress over the last four decades. With photos, brief descriptions, history, and pricing info, itâ€™s as much for the obsessed collector as for those who just want a trip down memory lane. In the same way that Taschenâ€™s The Computer, is like paging through a high school yearbook, Retro-Electro testifies to the way our daily experience with technology makes for chummy relationships to our gadgets. From design icons like the MoMA-exhibited 1972 Sinclair Executive calculator to Game Boy's evolution into a flip version, examples point to the positive feedback loop between design and living; technologyâ€™s role magnifies the elements of good vs. bad design like few other products.
Photo Credits (from L-R): Science & Society; Ericsson Archive; Computer Museum Tonh