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.

2-XL Educational Robot


2-XL is Mego's 1970's entry into the educational toy category, invented by Dr. Michael J. Freeman - an honest to goodness educator.  Pop in one of several special robo-cartridges, and the voice of 2-XL will ask you questions on the cart's topic.  Each question has three choices, and you select your answer using one of the three buttons on the robot's front.  2-XL's voice will either sing your priases, or gently razz your defeat.  Neat little bit of interactive media, eh?

Eagle-eyed Retrothingers may notice that the cartridges are in the much beleaguered 8 track tape format.  It's actually a clever use of 8 track - the questions are on one track, and your keypresses change tracks on the tape.  You get different responses based on your selection.  2-XL was a rather clever interactive toy - it was even reintroduced using audio cassettes in the 90's.

I never had a 2-XL as a kid, and in later years wondered why they never showed up in thrift stores; they were quite popular as I recall.  I found my second one yesterday for $2, and not only is it a great way to play back regular 8 track music tapes, the 2-XL educational tapes are interesting and fun even for an adult.  An adult like me, anyway...

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