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.

Fuji Instant Cameras


Polaroid recently announced the end of their instant film line, and I lamented the death of instant photography until Peter Kirn let me know that Fujifilm is still very much in the instant snapshot business. They offer four different instant film cameras and a small range of color and black & white film. In fact, it looks like Fuji licensed their Instax Mini design to Polaroid, who marketed it as the Polaroid Mio until 2005.

No matter how much you've had to drink, the Instax mini7 is a coyote ugly camera. Its styling brings to mind the cartoony curves of a late-1990s iMac computer rather than the dignified lines of modern photographic equipment. It shoots credit card sized color images through a 60mm Fujinon lens that focuses from 60 cm to infinity. The mini7 offers a single 1/60 second shutter speed and automatic flash in low-light situations for drool-and-click simplicity. Yeah, I know it's not much, but at least someone's still carrying the torch for instant photography.

The mini7 isn't sold in North America, but it's available by mail order from Unsaleable in Austria for about $54.

Fujifilm Instant Photo System


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