Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Sony Conquers Disease... With A VCR?!

Sonyumatic
Brad Staggs writes, "My boss brought to me an original copy of the October 17, 1972, Life magazine featuring a story on 'the amazing new Polaroid Land camera.' What I loved, however, were the ads inside the magazine. One was for the brand new Sony U-matic Videocassette Recorder. Some of the claims made in the ad copy were way out there, so it's funny to read it now and laugh."

Follow the jump to discover that, "The uses of this little machine boggle the mind. It could, for instance, solve one of the biggest problems in the conquest of cancer."

Sony U-matic ad

Incidentally, Sony's 3/4-inch U-matic videocassette system was immensely popular in industrial and broadcast use throughout the 1970s and early 1980s before being supplanted by Betacam. It was reliable, fairly compact and could record up to 20 minutes on a single tape.

Antique Ads [Brad's Place]

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