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.

Devo Demonstrates LaserDisc - 1984

Devo say it themselves in this 1984 video, it's their job to stay up on the latest technology. This footage is from an in-store demo LaserDisc hosted by the Ohio boys showcasing the superiority of LaserDisc over VHS. One of the sales tacks that Pioneer took with their beloved LD format was to say that it's video for those who care about audio. Of course LD never really took off as it was always quite a bit more expensive than VHS, offered few rental titles, and of course the discs weren't recordable. Later Pioneer marketed the LD format mostly to cinephiles, with letterboxed films often appearing only on laser (which makes it funny that they only use full frame 4:3 footage in this demo disc).

Devo finds ways to make this testimonial into more of a performance, kudos to them on that. However I have to add that while having Devo as folksy pitchmen might work on me, I'm part of the rather small "weirdo" demographic. Those of us with our foil hats and Amigas weren't enough of a market to save poor old LaserDisc. It wouldn't be until the DVD era that a non-recordable video format would co-exist happily with VHS & DVR Recorders.

More information about latter day LaserDisc
LaserActive LD based video game system
25th anniversary of Dragon's Lair - the first LD based video game


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