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.

Portable Horoscope Computer by Mattel

I'll bet Nancy Reagan had one of these in that big purse of hers

Breakthrough technology has brought us miniaturization of practically every sort of device.  In the 70's & 80's there were lots of gadgets that could suddenly fit in your pocket (granted, a rather large pocket).  In a thrilling time when a room sized calculating machine could suddenly fit into people's  flared corduroys, designers must have wracked their brains to figure out what else to make portable.  Games?  Sure.  Langauge translators?  Of course.  The entire bible?  Natch.  So who's the genius who decided that people wanted to carry around a whole astrologer in their pants?

Mattel gained renown for their expansive line of LED sports games that launched a whole industry, making this foray into "utility device" a bit unusual.  The Horoscope Computer predicts compatibility between two people, forecasts upcoming bouts of luck and/or strife in any of 8 aspects of life (love, money, creativity, spirit, etc.), via the LED readout offering terse advice like "go wild".  Oh, and the Horoscope Computer was only available in this classy shade of slop brown.

Like the marginally less odd Casio Biorhythm Calculator I wrote about previously, this unit only claims accuracy through 1987.  So I guess that means that I can't rudder my life by the ancient gods of Mattel until someone develops a conversion table. 

Maybe I shouldn't thumb my nose at a device that makes the occult more portable and user-friendly.  After all, it's easier than carrying Jean Dixon in your pocket.  If you're in a country that didn't have Jean Dixon, don't worry - it wasn't that good of a reference anyway...

More details, including a link to the manual

Coleco's entry into the crowded (I guess) portable astrology field


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