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.

Casio Robot Alarm Clock


Casio has already done so much for the planet earth; lifestyle defining calculators, dulcet white noise synth drum beats (sometimes both at the same time!), and watches that do everything from memorize phone numbers to take a picture.  In the 80's Casio tried to insinuate themselves into the household even more with cute items like this robot alarm clock.

Tomy ruled the roost with their home robot line back then, offering myriad robots from tiny windup toys to servo powered drinks servers.  Casio saw a robot-alarm-clock shaped hole among Tomy's offerings, hence this stubby little guy.

The "magnetic" font on the clock shows you that this faceless robot means business.  When the alarm goes off, not only do you hear the robo's electronic whelp, this robot actually stamps his big cakepan feet.  Now I'm a robot fan from way back, and I can't think of another robot so infuriated at his sleepy owner that he executed "TechnoTantrum.exe".  One thing's for sure, the sights and sounds of this huffy 'bot is enough to get my analog ass out of bed.


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