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.

The Less Famous Members of the Atari Gaming Family

Atari's Video Computer System, introduced in the late 1970s, was the most successful of the first wave of 8-bit video games. By the time the dust settled, they had sold over 25 million of the little units. They were never again to match their early success, even though Atari introduced a number of other consoles:

Atari5200 Atari 5200 : The VCS was the pinnacle of Atari’s success in the videogame market. They realized that the old console was beginning to show its age in the early 1980s, and set about designing a replacement. The Atari 5200 was based on technology from the Atari 400 home computer, but it had two fatal flaws: Horrible controllers and incompatibility with their popular VCS titles. It flopped.

Atari7800_1 Atari 7800 : Atari missed the opportunity to dominate the marketplace with the Atari 7800. This unit was affordable, compatible with the huge library of classic titles designed for the VCS, and offered sophisticated games. The system was announced in Spring 1984, just before the takeover of Atari by former Commodore boss Jack Tramiel. The system languished for several years before release, forcing it to compete with Nintendo’s NES and its brilliant game titles.

Atarijaguar_1 Atari Jaguar :  The 64-bit Jaguar was introduced in 1993. Atari’s last console was designed to compete with the SEGA Genesis and Sony PlayStation. Although it was touted as a 64-bit system, it was powered by a 16-bit Motorola 68000. The Tom (32/64-bit) & Jerry (32 bit) custom chips provided graphics and signal processing. Developers found the platform challenging to program, with less-than-complete developer tools that delayed releases and hampered quality. To their credit, Atari was able to line up a reasonable number of third-party developers, but the system failed to inspire public demand and faded into history.

The company also introduced the Lynx handheld in the late 1980s, and I mentioned it here a few months ago.


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