Do you remember these rad gadgets and games from 1989?

A wave of new gadgets, gizmos and games became available in the ‘80s as technology raced to keep up in the “Decade of Decadence.” A reporter explored the then-modern gadgets in 1989, explaining the devices and what was available to the conscientious consumer. The video began with a wide array of electronic toys and games for kids, everything from a screaming bouncy ball to a boombox to musical instruments. The selection was as eclectic as it was expansive, though they all seemed to have bright neon colors and a multitude of electronic sounds. Also big in the ‘80s were phones, and not just regular phones. The reporter showcased clown phones, LEGO phones, shoe phones and even one of the first mobile flip phones!It was truly a golden age of technology. An electronics salesman said kids had a solid grasp of the new tech and could figure out how to work them quickly. Adults were a little slower to adopt them.WATCH the video to see if you remember any of the retro tech. Did you own any of them?If you enjoyed this video, here are a few more stories exploring nostalgic technology from our archive. What 1989’s ‘home of the future’ got right, wrong about life in 2023This 1989 “Home of the Future” was filled with cutting-edge technology and revolutionary innovations. Many of the predictions were eerily accurate.Retro History Find: 1997 device promised ability to talk to your dog decades before viral TikTok trendA company in 1997 invented the HERO, a canine communication device. It aimed to bridge the gap between barks and words, improving the owner-dog relationship.Retro Find: Remember these car cell phones from the 1980s?Though it wasn’t hands-free, one of the first cellular car phones debuted in the U.S. in 1985.

A wave of new gadgets, gizmos and games became available in the ‘80s as technology raced to keep up in the “Decade of Decadence.” A reporter explored the then-modern gadgets in 1989, explaining the devices and what was available to the conscientious consumer.

The video began with a wide array of electronic toys and games for kids, everything from a screaming bouncy ball to a boombox to musical instruments. The selection was as eclectic as it was expansive, though they all seemed to have bright neon colors and a multitude of electronic sounds.

Also big in the ‘80s were phones, and not just regular phones. The reporter showcased clown phones, LEGO phones, shoe phones and even one of the first mobile flip phones!

It was truly a golden age of technology. An electronics salesman said kids had a solid grasp of the new tech and could figure out how to work them quickly. Adults were a little slower to adopt them.

WATCH the video to see if you remember any of the retro tech. Did you own any of them?

If you enjoyed this video, here are a few more stories exploring nostalgic technology from our archive.

What 1989’s ‘home of the future’ got right, wrong about life in 2023

This 1989 “Home of the Future” was filled with cutting-edge technology and revolutionary innovations. Many of the predictions were eerily accurate.

Retro History Find: 1997 device promised ability to talk to your dog decades before viral TikTok trend

A company in 1997 invented the HERO, a canine communication device. It aimed to bridge the gap between barks and words, improving the owner-dog relationship.

Retro Find: Remember these car cell phones from the 1980s?

Though it wasn’t hands-free, one of the first cellular car phones debuted in the U.S. in 1985.

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