Modern Marvels

New Season Wednesday, February 16 at 9/8c

Modern Marvels

S 14 E 36

Retro Tech

Dec 19, 2008 | 44m 51s | tv-pg | CC

Rummage around in your garage. You’ll likely find remnants of gadgets past–a typewriter, analog TV, LPs, film cameras and brick-sized mobile phones. These products served us well and we remember each one with nostalgic fondness. We’ll take a trip down memory lane to examine how these oldies-but-goodies worked and find out how more advanced tech superseded them. At the Palm Corporation in Sunnyvale, California, we’ll follow the evolution of hand-held tech. At the Houston Chronicle, we’ll learn how the print edition of a major American newspaper coexists with its online edition. A car aficionado will compare what’s under the hoods of a classic 1968 Shelby Mustang and a spiffy 2009 model. We’ll witness a vinyl resurgence at Rainbo Records in Canoga Park, California. A TV expert from Best Buy, a typewriter collector and a futurist forecast what might fall by the wayside next. And when it does, we’ll find out how to safely recycle that outdated equipment.

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