Nick’s Nippon Notebook: Nostalgic Interfaces

Posted by Guest Author on Dec 26, 2007 in Hobbies and Collections |

Nostalgic Interfaces

Retro good fans will enjoy Maywa Denki’s 2002-2003 series of “oldie- but-goodie” interface revivals. On the left is the Zihotch. Apparently you dial 117 on the phone dial and “schedule” a wakeup call or you just dial to hear an automated time announcement. On the right is the Gachacon. It brings back the rotary switch as a means to change channels on your TV remotely. I doubt it’s fully compatible with all sets (but the packaging mentions what Japanese models it’s compatible with).

Nick Kent is a New York based artist who works with electronic media and is an occasional pop culture pundit.

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