When we think of gadgets and technology today, the focus tends to go straight to the latest, most modern developments. However, sometimes the best way to move forward is to look back in time. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents the top ten most unbelievable gadgets from the 80’s.

Fisher-Price PXL-2000

This lo-fi plastic camera looks strange, but it was quite useful. Introduced in 87, this camera is what inspired many young children to pursue careers in film.

Etch A Sketch Animator 2000

The Etch a Sketch was introduced in ’86 and was very modern for its time. It had the ability to hold 22 frames of pictures, not to mention nearly 100 frames of animation. There was also an auto-shutoff option to save battery power.


Introduced in 1980, Armatron was a user-controlled toy that was able to pick small objects up using joysticks. There was also a handy countdown timer attached to the interface.

Braun Micron Vario 3 Universal

The 1980’s were known for outlandish facial hair on men, but this 1985 gadget was very popular. It had a slider button that could move the beard trimmer exactly 90 degrees.

Audio-Technica Sound Burger

How could the gadget possibly go wrong with “burger” in the name? Introduced in ’83, this was a portable vinyl player that, while innovative, exposed vinyl to environmental hazards.

Nerf Blast-a-Ball

Introduced in 1989, this gadget did exactly what its name implies. Interested parties could blast the ball with just a little push and pull.

Amstrad CPC464

The computer was designed for video games and was much less expensive than other computers of the time in ’84. It also came with all necessary peripherals, which made its appeal even broader.

Nintendo Power Glove

The glove looks futuristic, but there were some unfortunate tech errors that came with this glove, introduced in ’89. Functionality may have been limited, but it sure did look cool.

Atari Touch Tablet

Noup, that’s not an iPad. Atari Touch Tablet, introduced in 1984, allowed users to use a digital pen to draw and move images.

Logitech C7 Mouse

The Logitech’s first mouse, and also the piece of equipment that welcomed Logitech as a home brand. What made this mouse special was its ability to get power from a PC sans external power source.

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