The 1980s were a crazy time. We elected a former B-movie actor to defend the free world, replaced Coke with a new version only to change our minds shortly thereafter, and found entertainment in the hijinks of a fuzzy brown puppet alien. It was also a time when computers and other formerly high-end electronics started to gain a foothold as standard household products. Of course, the promise of a Buck Rogers future world didn't quite live up to the hype — but don't tell that to the electronics marketing teams of the day. We've assembled the top gadget commercials from the 1980s* complete with all the adorable naiveté, synthesizer music, and graphic effects that decade of cheesy excess could muster. Enjoy! *For the point of this post, we're defining "the 80s," as the era between 1977 and 1990. Note: you won't be seeing that groundbreaking Ridley Scott-directed Apple commercial from 1984 as we were scoring on the basis of unintended irony, timeliness, and overall 1980s awesomeness.
Choosing whether the fireplace or the TV should be the focal point of a living room, can be a real tug of war for couples with different priorities. Now there's a way to turn it into a win-win situation, with this sleek fireplace that has its own built-in flat screen TV.
I don't spend much time standing in front of my refrigerator. But you know what? When I am, I'm certainly not being entertained. the R&R Refrigerator 2 fixes that.
It doesn't look like much, but this hunk o' circuitry could perpetrate one of the greatest gags ever: someone farts, the channel changes. According to its creator, it could be the "first flatulent operated remote control in the history of the world." How far we've come!
Intel is working on a new remote control for your television that would be able to tell who you are just by the way you hold it. It's not 100% accurate, though it uses motion sensors to log how you use it every 100 nanoseconds, and builds an ID out of that. That said, this is one remote that can be used for good and evil.
How do you prefer to get your television fix, from a buffet or à la carte? With the next iteration of Apple TV, you'll be able to rent any television episode available for a buck. With Hulu Plus? It's always there when you want it for $10 a month.
The World Cup is coming up in the next few weeks, and you know what that means: soccer mania! And what better way to celebrate the biggest tournament for the biggest sport in the world than by buying a TV shaped like a soccer ball?
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