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 8mm VCR


After JVC's VHS emerged as the clear victor of the bitter war against Sony's Beta, Sony introduced yet another video format hoping to topple the VHS juggernaut.  8mm video is notable due to its diminutive size (somewhat thicker than an audio cassette), image quality that was just a bit better than VHS, and early adoption of hi-fi stereo camera recording.

The tiny size of the cassette made the first palm sized camcorders possible, and the smaller mass of the tape extended battery life.  8mm was very popular as a camcorder acquisition format, though you could not simply slot the tape into your home VHS player for playback - requiring ether a dub to VHS, or a dedicated 8mm deck (strangely with no TV tuner) like the one pictured.

8mm never caught on as anything more than a camera format (they were somewhat popular in professional surroundings - like for inflight movies where the small size of the media was a clear benefit), though Sony enjoyed significant business from the doubled resolution of Hi-8 which was a very popular prosumer format throughout the 90's. 

Never one willing to let go, in recent years Sony has introduced Digital8 which records miniDV video onto the same tapes.  Digital8 is an entry level format, and as DVD-R cameras  continue to get cheaper, the curtain will finally fall on the 8mm video format.  Once again consumers will likely choose the format that easily pops into their home DVD player, rather than the format that goes it alone.


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