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A New Take on the Classic Electronics Kit

A New Take on the Classic Electronics Kit

Awesome kit and component super emporium, Sparkfun, have resurrected those great electronic kits. I had one of these and used to enjoy putting together all kinds of cool circuits. This is a great way to make one with your kid, then make a bunch of circuits to understand basic electronics. […]

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0 commentsJanuary 16, 2014 at 10:14 amProjects Retro

DIY Laptop Etch-A-Sketch – Dadvine

Laptop etchasketch – Gizmodo. Anything that combines retro-toys with tech gets my stamp of approval. And – especially because the Etch-A-Sketch hasn’t change the main font of their name since forever ago – I have a soft spot for that analog wonder. Arduino + Etch-A-Sketch makes me wish that I […]

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0 commentsNovember 23, 2009 at 9:29 pmRetro Tech

Before the Björn, earlier than the Ergo

Before the Björn, earlier than the Ergo

5 old time baby carrier patents that show there has always been a desire for hands-free baby schlepping. Beginning with William J. Sprong’s “Child Carrier” patented in 1915. This carrier was either made for a largely proportioned daddy or a tiny baby. Four more patents here.

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0 commentsAugust 31, 2009 at 8:04 pmRetro

Baby Walker on Rails from 1900

Baby Walker on Rails from 1900

Edward Firnhaber of Worms, Nebraska dreamed up this baby walker on a track back in 1900 when railroads were all the rage. The purpose of his “simple and efficient device” was to teach a baby to walk and move in a “predetermined confinement without annoyance or irritation.” Seems like a […]

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1 commentAugust 31, 2009 at 2:05 pmRetro

Ye Olde Kid Wearer Outer

Ye Olde Kid Wearer Outer

Leon Bernadzikiewicz must have had an energetic kid back in 1913. His patented “run around the table until you pass out contraption”, also known as an “Exercising Device”, was either the work of parenting genius or an example of “outdated” cruelty to kids. As a plus, it doubled as a […]

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0 commentsAugust 27, 2009 at 7:43 pmRetro

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad

via wired.com This is a great list of many of the things that our kids will never know about. We can find a few gaps, like the “auto-reverse” function of a Walkman. But that’s really more of a subcategory to number 3, “Playing music on an audio tape using a […]

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0 commentsJuly 23, 2009 at 7:51 amLists Retro