Oh you thought Micro sunglasses and Bucket hats were the only 90s ghosts that would haunt 2021? Technology trends from the last millennium are coming back. Return to your nursery and dig up your treasures because they’re cool again.
While the current technology is like a futuristic dream that makes the Jetsons look like the Flintstones, proven devices and gadgets from over 20 years ago are reappearing from brands like Apple, Samsung and Google. But those relics from the 90s are returning to the mainstream, only vaguely disguised as new products. ON Touch screen with a stylus? Yes, it’s called the Palm Pilot, and it’s been around since 1997.
“The tech industry, like the fashion industry, is constantly evolving, and if done right it will always find its way back,” said Laura Joss, Ph.D., Global Director of Motorola’s Design research teamsays Bustle. As well as Empire Records Wardrobe has somehow found its way into the world Emma Chamberlain’s closet, Low-fi technology is back.
Here are some of the most popular gadgets and gizmos of the 90s that are just getting revitalized.
In the past two years Cassette sales have skyrocketed, by inverse, thanks to a nostalgic surge in demand for physical products. Artists like Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga are so confident that cool kids will continue to indulge in the nostalgia of a WalkMan and foam-padded headphones they are releasing big albums on the medium. Even Urban Outfitters has a cassette side, with special editions of artist albums from Britney Spears to Billie Eilish. While there are hundreds of ways to hear high quality audio with the advent of the internet, the feeling of flipping a tape over to get to side B cannot be beat.
In 1998 Apple launched the OG Bondi Blue iMac G3. It was see-through, it was colorful, it screamed, “I’m fun but I’m serious,” and it was a big hit. Over the next 20 years, popular Apple computers became much less colorful; IMacs in particular came in simple variations of gray and white. But in July Apple released the “Reimagined iMac“Which is a futuristic variant of the OG desktop. Colorful Macs are back, in seven different hues. While G3 was 22.6 ” wide, the new iMac is 11.5mm in size because, well, innovation; It also swaps that translucent case you know and love for an iPhone-like opacity. Fortunately, it also uses regular internet, not dial-up.
Once upon a time, in the 1990s, people took pictures with cameras, had them developed, and then put the physical pictures in little plastic-protected brochures called albums. Maybe you have an album dedicated to a trip or a party, or another album for a period of time. Gen Z decided to take out the physical components and rename them into digital albums, called Photo dumpswhich are basically just a carousel of images posted on Instagram.
Huge cell phones
While first Nokia phones You may have been burdened in the 90s, over the next 20 years cell phones got smaller and lighter. Now the latest smartphones are back to brick size and thriving. That iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7 inch screen while the Nokia 3210, released in 1999 was 4.87 ”, total.
Cheap, quick photos
Polaroids, disposable and disposable cameras Apps that make photos look similar to low-fi have been popular for the past decade. But now tech trends are showing an ongoing interest in analog photography, and stores like Urban Outfitters offer several 35mm film cameras. According to Google Trends, people are after Disposable cameras more and more over the past five years and the search term hit an all-time high last summer.
Flip phones first hit the market in the 90s, although one of the most popular, the Motorola Razr, hit the market in 2003. Motorola brought the classic phone back on the market in 2019 with some new features like the Quick View ad, a feature that lets you make calls, answer messages, pay with a tap, control your music, take selfies, use the Google Assistant, and access custom settings without your Phone open. It also has one Retro modethat literally takes the phone back 20 years with T9 SMS and low-fi graphics. Samsung also makes two foldable devices that Z-fold and the Z flip. Because while you couldn’t wait to have a big flat screen that is sharp enough to watch a movie on, you also miss having to close your phone at the end of a call and not have to think about screen time.
Basic alarm clock
With alarm clock applications built into most phones, the standalone machine is a rare sight these days. But with the people becoming more and more aware of how much you are Telephone can mess up your sleep, there are tons of new options for digital and analog alarm clocks. In July, The New York Times checked a variety of digital, analog and smart alarm clocks, but not on your phone for people interested in creating some space between their phones and bedtime.
Not only are they back from the dead, according to Google Trends, Tamagotchi has gotten a reboot. The digital pet is More and more popular So much in the past five years that the company released a new version of the portable game in 2019 called. brought out Tamagotchi Pixthat comes with a camera so users can personalize their care experience. In a blog post, the company says it is trying to make the classic toy more Gen Z friendlyas the millennials who grew up with them are now adults. In addition, on November 11th, The Verge reported a war of stars Subjects R2-D2 Tamagotchi will be published.
The ability to digitize the touch of a pen was a big deal in the 90s. The Palm Pilot was that savvy, business-minded device that adults had to do with important things. Brands like Apple and Samsung have the basic elements of the device with the galaxy and the S Pen Pro and the iPad Pro and Apple stick. You can have the tactile pen and paper experience, but with a digital backup that can be shared and instantly sent to all devices.