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80s Tech
80s Tech
Actor: n/a
Director: Modern Marvels
Genres: Television, Documentary
PG     2008     0hr 50min

Remember "brick" cell phones, Pac-Man, Rubik's Cube, Sony Walkman, and the first music CDs? Remember all the new and exciting gadgets of the 1980s? — Join us as we investigate the transition from Industrial to Information A...  more »


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Actor: n/a
Director: Modern Marvels
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Science & Technology
Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Interesting and Educational!
Loyd E. Eskildson | Phoenix, AZ. | 12/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Integrated circuits (ICs) became cheap and prevalent in the 1980s, thanks to Moore's Law (power doubles in about 18 months). Intel's 8088 chip (1981) had 29,000 transistors; its latest has 713 million.

Wozniak designed Apple's initial hardware and wrote the software as well; Jobs was the business mind. Wozniak also developed GUI for Lisa, but it didn't sell well because it required lots of costly memory; later was updated to become the Macintosh.

ICs then brought arcade gaming, home games (eg. Atari), VCRs, the tape wars (Betamax's slightly better quality, vs. VHS' cheaper and longer, allowing an entire movie), Walkmans, CD players, Discman, camcorders, miniature headphones, and cell phones - all in the 1980s. Sony was a leader in all, except VHS and cell phones.

DeLorean brought out his own car design - popular at first, then sales stalled because it was underpowered and overpriced. Simon and Rubik's Cube were also immensely popular.

Bottom Line: The 80s gave birth to numerous new products that are being further refined today."