Lately there has been so much talk about mini products. In comparison to its predecessors 10 years ago, gadgets are now HALF the size. Personally, I still prefer some of the retro predecessors (Mini iPod, anyone?) Here’s a list of common gadgets that have come a looonnnggg way!
The Wii Mini. Coming December 7th, 2012. A complete redesign of the Wii console, with more accessories included, the Wii Mini is sure to make your gaming experience even more enjoyable! This gaming console now comes in red, black, white, blue and pink.
Polaroid Photo Printer. Remember way back when it was impossible to even print good-quality photos? I remember using bubble-jet printers and waiting for HOURS (ok, not really) for a simple page of black and white pixelated text.
THIS, I haven’t seen before. Stumbled across gadget during my research: laser lights are projected out of the tiny cube onto most surfaces, allowing people the ability to type almost anywhere! COOL or not??
I remember lugging around vacuum cleaners that came up to my chest way back when (ok, I was about 10 years old then) or being woken up to the loud roaring of vacuum cleaners. NOW, there are tiny vacuum cleaners that automatically twist and turn noiselessly around the house, without you having to lift a finger!
Who still sews around here?? I never really got the hang of it, but I remember seeing my grandma’s sewing machine, the size of a table with a pedal that you have to mechanically use to operate the machine. Sewing machines nowadays are portable, not that you’d carry it in a purse or anything, but portable enough to store away for later use!
The Mac Mini. Way back when, computers use to take up the entire room, run slowly (and probably loudly) and generally not easy to use. Now there’s the Mac Mini, with amazing graphics, a larger storage, and something called the fusion drive, which automatically manages your data so currently used data stays on the faster flash storage!
The adorable Mini Cooper. Haven’t seen THIS design nor have I driven it before, but I know it’d be a perfect person for a little spin around town. The newest model, in my opinion, isn’t as attractive because it has increased in size. However, I remember the rage when this car came out, it was also featured in The Italian Job (awesome movie, by the way!) With an increasing population, owning smaller cars are the way to go in terms of staying on top of your daily chores!
Myths say that cameras suck out your soul. I remember all the old black and white photos where people sat solemnly in rigid poses and thick clothes. Nowadays, it takes a second to pass around photos you’ve just taken, alter (Instagram, anyone?) delete, etc.
The legendary iPad Mini. The iPad itself was already beyond impressive, heck, I thought tablets were pretty damn awesome. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer having a bigger screen for multi-tasking and a keyboard to type on (I own a Mac Air.)
Ok, so the Mini iPod has been out of the market for years, but back when these MP3 players came out, the Mini iPodwas way before its time. I still have my Sony Walkman that played CDs (I LOVE making playlists,) and that device became increasingly louder it was used more and more.
If you lived and remembered the 90’s, it’s quite interesting to see the evolution of gadgets, and how much easier our lives have become (and how our pockets have become lighter as well!) On one hand, I’m not a fan of how people have become so dependent on electronics, however, with more and more every day tasks, hurdles, etc. I’m quite thankful for these innovations!
What gadget has played a significant role in YOUR life as it decreased in size?