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.

A Computer Built Into A Joystick

[Here's another oldie-but-goodie...] This is the Commodore 64 DTV (Direct To TV). At first glance it looks like yet another cheapo 30-games-in-1 retrogame knockoff. But it isn't.

Jeriellsworth_1In addition to thirty classic games, this unit contains a battery-powered single chip recreation of the old Commodore-64. You can even attach a PC-compatible keyboard and Commodore 64 1541 disk drive -- as long as you're not afraid of a little DIY tinkering.

The C-64 DTV is the brainchild of self-taught VLSI chip designer Jeri Ellsworth (right). She reverse-engineered the entire system so efficiently that the product can be sold profitably for a mere $20, including 30 classic Commodore 64 games. Stunning.

A Toy With A Story (The New York Times)
Get your own C-64 DTV (Order from Amazon and support Retro Thing)


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