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Watching my 2 year old playing with my iPhone last week got me thinking…. What technology did I have as a child of the 70s/80s?

 Well I scratched my head and thought, and thought, got online and searched for “technology toys 70s” and drew a very large blank.

The 70s brought us icons like: the Muppets (Mah Nà Mah Nà), Space Invaders, Peddle pushers (mine were black velvet with embroidery around the knees!) but could not find (in my memory or on Google) anything that we would consider a technology toy today.

@WayneABarclay and I debated when Simon Says was created – turns out it was 1978 – it even has it’s own Wiki page.

The 80s however were full of fabulous innovations:

  • Personal Computers…
  • Betamaxes(!)
  • Answering machines

And the not so techie!

  • Buckaroo
  • Operation
  • I had the most amazing sowing machine!

Sorry to sound like a cliché, but we have come so far. My son “doesn’t know he was born” (well he is only 2). If I deny him a glimpse of Finding Nemo on my iPhone or PSP, and try and trade him a jigsaw I get that look.

So, what technology did you play with as a kid of the 70s, 80s or (dare I invite the youngsters into this debate) 90s?

What will my grandchildren be putting batteries into or recharging? Will it be, for example, the minimalistic Touch Cube?  And now we are in an “online” world, how will they communicate with each other?

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