News 15 old school tech toys we miss By DAVID REICH-HALE December 12, 2014 2:40 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The iPod Classic is fading away, but not without much fanfare. People are bidding well into the hundreds to get their hands on a clickwheel. The original, the iPod Mini, and more have moved aside, replaced by touchscreen technology. Enjoy our trip down memory lane, as we look at various tech items we miss - and sometimes still must have. Atari Photo Credit: Evan - Amos If you're in your late 30s or early to mid 40s, you had an Atari game console. iPod Classic Photo Credit: Amazon The iPod revolutionized the music industry, but it's going away. It remains beloved and will be sorely missed. Pac-Man Mini Arcade Photo Credit: David Reich-Hale Coleco Industries released this miniature version of the iconic Pac-Man arcade game in 1981. This one still works, but most have sadly disappeared. Sony Discman Photo Credit: Amazon Once the walkman lost its popularity, along came the Discman, a portable CD player. But don't hit a pothole, or the music will skip. Portable cassette player / radio Photo Credit: David Reich-Hale The Sony Walkman was best known, but the cassette player device with a built-in AM/FM tuner was also made by other companies, including Panasonic, Awia and Toshiba. Kids, your parents didn't have iPods, even the really old version with the click wheel. They used these. Really. Simple remote controls Photo Credit: Amazon Few buttons, lots of fun. Here's a Nintendo NES controller. Of course, this version is meant to plug into your computer because it's not 1985 anymore. A VCR Photo Credit: David Reich-Hale Remember when Blockbuster and other movie rental stores dumped their inventory of VHS tapes on the cheap as DVDs took control of the market? Everyone — just admit it — bought a few VHS tapes for pennies on the dollars. Without a VCR player, these tapes are now collecting dust. QWERTY keyboard Photo Credit: Bloomberg News Many cellphones had a QWERTY keyboard, and when you were trying to text quickly, the extra buttons helped. Intellivision Photo Credit: Evan - Amos The iconic game console was enormously popular during early 1980s when it competed directly with Atari. Mattel released the console, which had popular games such as boxing where blue, red and yellow boxers would duke it out for 15 rounds. Game Boy Photo Credit: Amazon The Game Boy launched in 1989, and while it became more advanced over time, what beats the old-school system we are nostalgic for? Calculator Watch Photo Credit: Newegg.com Remember when the calculator watch was all the rage? Sure you do. Miss it? Sure you do. Good news! You can still find it. For instance, the Casio Databank Calculator Watch is on newegg.com for $15.99 as of Dec. 12, 2014. Treo Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan Before there were fancy iPhones and Androids, the cool kids had the Treo 300. Car phone Photo Credit: Christos Vittoratos Before cellphones, some people had massive car phones in their automobile. Everyone misses those, right? No? Flip phone Photo Credit: David Reich-Hale Flip phones are making a comeback — some say — and also are a reminder of a better time when we weren't constantly interrupted by our smartphones. Here's a collection of flip phones used on the Verizon and AT&T networks. By DAVID REICH-HALE Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.