old tech

old tech

Payphones Still Make Millions of Dollars

Old tech has an important role in people's lives.
Jordan Pearson
11.13.17
Tedium

How the Railroad Industry Invented, Then Immediately Discarded, the Barcode

KarTrak, an innovation originally built for the rail system, was quickly discarded by train operators. But without it, we wouldn’t have modern barcodes.
Ernie Smith
10.24.17
tech

One Man Is Bringing Magic Lantern Shows Back from the Dead

In a small Amish town, 'Professor Firefly' is reviving a lost art that once occupied the space of movies and TV.
Seung Lee
10.31.16
Music

This Japanese Band Makes Music With E-Waste

Reel-to-reel tape recorders, cathode ray tube TVs, and ventilator fans are all instruments for Open Reel Ensemble.
Emiko Jozuka
1.20.16
Art

Get Lost In These Urban Kaleidoscopes

For "Citysphere," artist Eric Corriel takes live street footage and maps it onto a rotating sphere.
DJ Pangburn
9.26.14
Design

Dig Up Dead Tech At The Media Archaeology Lab

The project includes over 1,500 outdated computers and devices that have since been brought back to life.
Johnny Magdaleno
7.28.14
Art

Two Artists Create An Artificial Mineral From Old Technology

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen mine precious metals from old tech and turn them into mineral form.
Kevin Holmes
5.15.14
MAD MEN

Mad Men's Newest Character Is A Giant Computer

There's a new adman at Sterling Cooper...
Zach Sokol
5.5.14
Media

America's Nuclear Arsenal Still Runs Off Floppy Disks

On the other hand, at least they're not connected to the Internet where they can be hacked, right?
Ben Richmond
4.28.14
Art

Old Machines Get Resurrected From The Dead-Tech Abyss In Crazy GIF Series

Jim Golden's "Relics Of Technology" thankfully does not animated dial-up Internet set-ups.
Zach Sokol
4.25.14
Art

Do All Flip Phones Go To Heaven? "Small Data" Explores The Afterlife Of Dead Tech

We talked with artist Daniel Canogar about his new solo exhibition and the junkyard dives that inspired it.
Zach Sokol
4.10.14
Design

Repurposing Obsolete Wind-Up Toys As Quirky, Art-Making Robots

These obsolete devices are having their own "Brave Little Toaster" moment.
Emerson Rosenthal
3.4.14
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