We love retro tech. There's nothing quite like coming across the old stack of floppy disks you used in school, or a cassette tape from days of yore. (Not that we can listen to them, having ditched tape players long ago.) These eight products are for use with modern tech, but cleverly reference or re-interpret retro tech in their designs. Ahh, nostalgia.
- iPhone payphone case - ($15) this iPhone case from ModCloth is more of a nod than a disguise, but it's still nice to remember the days when you needed a quarter to call home. Today we'd be hard-pressed to find a payphone anywhere nearby.
- Camera-shaped camera pouch ($28) Fred Flare has lots of inexpensive geeky gifts, and this camera pouch is sure to please. The back even has a faux view finder.
- Floppy disk CDRs ($14) - These CDRs, first spotted at ICFF 2009, may look like floppy disks, but in truth they hold 200 MB worth of data. Ironically, nobody uses CDRs now either.
- Cursor-shaped mouse ($100) - the Mus3 cordless mouse looks like the cursor on your screen, provided you haven't changed yours to one of those cartoon character cursors that leaves a glitter trail. Art Lebedev also sells Sonicum speakers in the shape of sound icons.
- Cassette MP3 player - ($48) Hearken back to the days of mix tape cassettes and songs recorded off the radio as you load up your playlist with this 1GB dedicated MP3 player. Really rather sweet.
- My Documents laptop case ($30) - an old favorite due to its cheeky design, this laptop sleeve works by literally becoming the digital folder it represents, which itself represents a physical folder. Deep.
- Messenger bag ($135) - transport your laptop in style with this bag designed to look like an air mail envelope, and think of how bad your handwriting has gotten since you started using email.
- Betamax box for loose hard drives - ($10) Once a tech geek, always a tech geek. These boxes are made of thick, anti-static plastic, so they're perfect for storing 3.5" SATA hard drives. And they're molded in the shape of Betamax cassette cases, so they're perfect for reminding people of the Blu Ray/HD DVD format war and how nothing ever really changes.