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.

Sharp Twincam Boom Box


This boom box is a great example of a solution looking for a problem.  Sharp took their years of technical knowhow and created a boom box who's cassette mechanism houses two tapes.  Uh huh.  Sounds like the standard bearer for reliability, doesn't it?  </sarcasm> 

Dual cassette decks are nice for copying, or enjoying longer stretches of uninterrupted music.  Sharp's idea was to combine the two separate tape mechanisms and put them in one compartment.  Must be some good reasons for this new technology, right?


How about listening to music uninterrupted like on a standard dual deck?  Sure it does that, but you have to stop both tapes when it's time to swap one of them.  Perhaps the radio is smaller overall?  Wrong again, it's just about the same size as any dual tape boombox.  Nor were they saving space for a CD player.  It didn't save the customer money either - this was quite  an expensive unit.  Shocking when you realize that in its day it shared shelf space with plenty of CD boom boxes for the same kind of money.

It's kind of a neat idea, but seems like it involved a lot of effort and doesn't benefit the listener in any way that I can ascertain.  Perhaps one of you, valued readers, have some idea?  Feel free to share any of your ideas in the comments section.

Note to Sharp: just because you can do something doesn't mean that you always should.


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