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.

1974: Atari Releases Touch Me. Nobody Touches.

Take us in under impulse power, Mr. Sulu... 

Atari's Touch Me was a somewhat odd followup to the fantastically popular Pong arcade console. Touch Me did away with expensive extras like computer screens, opting instead for a 4-button control surface and a handful of blinking lights that resembled a control panel from a low budget sci-fi show.

An ugly duckling, even by 1978 standards.The player was required to watch a sequence of flashing lights and repeat them in the same order. Predictably, bar patrons preferred the excitement and action of pinball and video games to Touch Me's mind-strengthening cerebral exercise.

Touch Me was an early quarter-gobbling version of Milton Bradley's Simon memory game, which Magnavox Odyssey inventor Ralph Baer unleashed in 1977. Atari followed soon after with an awkward portable version (their first and only handheld). But it was too late - everyone thought Atari's game was simply a clone seeking to cash in on Simon's sudden success, rather than the other way around.

Touch Me at the Handheld Museum
Touch Me at the Hi Tech Arcade Repair showroom


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