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<br><b><br><br>TOY CAMERA </b><br><br>The Rollei Twin Lens Reflex made its appearance in the 1920s and soon became the preferred shooter for professional portraitists. And now, in its modern avatar, the camera is just as retro beautiful. The gizmo - re-launched in 2008 as the Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5. 0 - still retains its classic design, still requires the photographer to shoot from waist-level, and still sports a 'film advance' crank lever on its side. Of course, since the new iteration is a 5-megapixel digital device, the crank is now used to ready it for the next shot. <br>Adding to its modern twist, the shooter is equipped with a single lens (the second one is a dummy), a 1. 1-inch TFT colour LCD, uses miniSD cards for storage, and a lithium battery for power. Other specs include a 4. 9 mm F2. 8 lens with a focus range of 10 cm to infinity, 1/15 to 1/2500 s shutter speeds and automatic exposure control and white balance. <br>Now, the photos clicked with the AF5. 0 are like what you'd get from a very basic camera and do not justify its $350+ price. But look at it again and you'll see why the MiniDigi could be an ideal companion - and a guaranteed conversation starter - on holidays to historical, romantic cities.

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





TOY CAMERA


The Rollei Twin Lens Reflex made its appearance in the 1920s and soon became the preferred shooter for professional portraitists. And now, in its modern avatar, the camera is just as retro beautiful. The gizmo - re-launched in 2008 as the Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5. 0 - still retains its classic design, still requires the photographer to shoot from waist-level, and still sports a 'film advance' crank lever on its side. Of course, since the new iteration is a 5-megapixel digital device, the crank is now used to ready it for the next shot.
Adding to its modern twist, the shooter is equipped with a single lens (the second one is a dummy), a 1. 1-inch TFT colour LCD, uses miniSD cards for storage, and a lithium battery for power. Other specs include a 4. 9 mm F2. 8 lens with a focus range of 10 cm to infinity, 1/15 to 1/2500 s shutter speeds and automatic exposure control and white balance.
Now, the photos clicked with the AF5. 0 are like what you'd get from a very basic camera and do not justify its $350+ price. But look at it again and you'll see why the MiniDigi could be an ideal companion - and a guaranteed conversation starter - on holidays to historical, romantic cities.

<br><b><br><br>CAMERA </b><br><br>The digital Rollei is a fun gizmo to carry on a holiday, but if you're keen on some serious photography, then look no further than the Fujifilm FinePix X100. One look and you know that its designers took inspiration from the 1960s and '70s when creating this piece of nostalgia. <br>The camera boasts a high-strength magnesium-alloy body with its controls and dials made out of solid metal. And then there's its exquisite leatherette finish for understated class. But this gadget is not just about the looks. The shooter - costing around Rs 75, 000 - packs a 12-megapixel SLR-size APS-C sensor, sports a fixed 23 mm F2 lens (equivalent to a 35 mm lens on a full frame), built-in flash auto-focus assist, manual, aperture- and shutter-priority, a whopping 49 selectable auto-focus points, a 2. 8-inch LCD screen, hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, and is capable of shooting HD videos at 24 fps with stereo sound. <br>Ah yes, did we mention, there's also the Black X100 premium limited edition of which there are only 10, 000 pieces with each set individually numbered. <br>And for those, who're looking for something... ahem... slightly on a budget, you might want to consider the lowerspecced Fujifilm X10 Point & Shoot. It looks just as classy, but is available at around half the cost.

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





CAMERA


The digital Rollei is a fun gizmo to carry on a holiday, but if you're keen on some serious photography, then look no further than the Fujifilm FinePix X100. One look and you know that its designers took inspiration from the 1960s and '70s when creating this piece of nostalgia.
The camera boasts a high-strength magnesium-alloy body with its controls and dials made out of solid metal. And then there's its exquisite leatherette finish for understated class. But this gadget is not just about the looks. The shooter - costing around Rs 75, 000 - packs a 12-megapixel SLR-size APS-C sensor, sports a fixed 23 mm F2 lens (equivalent to a 35 mm lens on a full frame), built-in flash auto-focus assist, manual, aperture- and shutter-priority, a whopping 49 selectable auto-focus points, a 2. 8-inch LCD screen, hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, and is capable of shooting HD videos at 24 fps with stereo sound.
Ah yes, did we mention, there's also the Black X100 premium limited edition of which there are only 10, 000 pieces with each set individually numbered.
And for those, who're looking for something... ahem... slightly on a budget, you might want to consider the lowerspecced Fujifilm X10 Point & Shoot. It looks just as classy, but is available at around half the cost.

<br><b><br><br>DOCKS </b><br><br>So you've got an iPhone. Sadly, it's not as exclusive anymore. But the Crosley Ranchero Retro iPhone Radio still is. Clean straight lines, sharp edges, metallic grill and a glossy build makes this $200 gadget one of the hippest things we've seen in recent times. <br>Besides AM/FM radio - complete with its analogue tuner for extra style - it includes a dock interface to connect an iPod or iPhone. And it also has a standard jack that lets you connect an Android phone. <br>But Ranchero isn't the only retro design from Crosley. Amble off to www. crosleyradio. com for more gizmos - including the iDuet - that shamelessly flirt with Sixties oomph.

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





DOCKS


So you've got an iPhone. Sadly, it's not as exclusive anymore. But the Crosley Ranchero Retro iPhone Radio still is. Clean straight lines, sharp edges, metallic grill and a glossy build makes this $200 gadget one of the hippest things we've seen in recent times.
Besides AM/FM radio - complete with its analogue tuner for extra style - it includes a dock interface to connect an iPod or iPhone. And it also has a standard jack that lets you connect an Android phone.
But Ranchero isn't the only retro design from Crosley. Amble off to www. crosleyradio. com for more gizmos - including the iDuet - that shamelessly flirt with Sixties oomph.

<br><b><br><br>NOTEBOOK </b><br><br>If you have the means and the ideal setting for it - a sprawling country retreat with a well-stocked library and limited-edition leather tomes, complete with rich wooden panelling and oil-painted ancestors spookily following you with their gaze - then you must take a dekko at the Datamancer Victorian Laptop. The luxurious machine is a product of crafted wood, liberal doses of polished brass, lacquer, semi-precious gems and cutting-edge technology. <br>Each limited-edition notebook is hand-built by tech artist Richard "Doc" Nagy and boasts of top-notch hardware innards. Consider: under its olde worlde exterior, the Datamancer packs an Intel i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics chip, 750GB hard drive, 8GB RAM, a glossy 17. 3-inch Full HD (1920x1080) screen, a Blu-ray super-multi drive, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. <br>And yes, at $6, 850 a pop, this "temporarily out of stock" contraption is "limited edition". <br>Blue bloods head to www. datamancer. com to book yours before the new batch starts shipping. The rest of you with no claim to well-providing estates or royal lineage can do what you always do - sinfully covet such material goods.

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





NOTEBOOK


If you have the means and the ideal setting for it - a sprawling country retreat with a well-stocked library and limited-edition leather tomes, complete with rich wooden panelling and oil-painted ancestors spookily following you with their gaze - then you must take a dekko at the Datamancer Victorian Laptop. The luxurious machine is a product of crafted wood, liberal doses of polished brass, lacquer, semi-precious gems and cutting-edge technology.
Each limited-edition notebook is hand-built by tech artist Richard "Doc" Nagy and boasts of top-notch hardware innards. Consider: under its olde worlde exterior, the Datamancer packs an Intel i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics chip, 750GB hard drive, 8GB RAM, a glossy 17. 3-inch Full HD (1920x1080) screen, a Blu-ray super-multi drive, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
And yes, at $6, 850 a pop, this "temporarily out of stock" contraption is "limited edition".
Blue bloods head to www. datamancer. com to book yours before the new batch starts shipping. The rest of you with no claim to well-providing estates or royal lineage can do what you always do - sinfully covet such material goods.

<br><b><br><br>STEAMPUNK GIZMOS </b><br><br>You can't talk about retro gadgets and not mention Steampunk modders. These are artists who take inspiration from the 19th century - an era when steam power was widely used - to create gizmos with liberal doses of brass and leather (think gadgets from Will Smith's sci-fi movie Wild Wild West and Captain Nemo's thingamajigs from The League of Extraordinary Gentleman). <br>In fact, the Datamancer Victorian Laptop is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Steampunk-inspired designs. Websites like www. etsy. com, which is a marketplace for sellers of vintage goods, is a great place for almost everything Steampunk. From USB pen drives to the Retrofone Steampunk iPhone Dock to a Jules Verne Book Charging Dock - it's all here, and ships internationally too. Indeed, it's retro madness taken to a whole new level (and century).

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





STEAMPUNK GIZMOS


You can't talk about retro gadgets and not mention Steampunk modders. These are artists who take inspiration from the 19th century - an era when steam power was widely used - to create gizmos with liberal doses of brass and leather (think gadgets from Will Smith's sci-fi movie Wild Wild West and Captain Nemo's thingamajigs from The League of Extraordinary Gentleman).
In fact, the Datamancer Victorian Laptop is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Steampunk-inspired designs. Websites like www. etsy. com, which is a marketplace for sellers of vintage goods, is a great place for almost everything Steampunk. From USB pen drives to the Retrofone Steampunk iPhone Dock to a Jules Verne Book Charging Dock - it's all here, and ships internationally too. Indeed, it's retro madness taken to a whole new level (and century).

<b>SEWING MACHINE </b><br><br>What's a sewing machine doing in a line-up of retro-cool ? Well, this isn't just any sewing machine. It's the Singer 160 created to commemorate the brand's 160 year anniversary in 2011. In keeping with tradition, this limited edition model - retailing at $500 and up - is available in shiny black and with the familiar gold design on its heavy-duty metal body. But other than that, the 160 is a modern technological marvel with 24 built-in stitches, an automatic needle threader, a one-touch stitch selection menu, a stitch length display, automatic bobbin thread for quicker threading, a presser foot sensor for an easy start, three LEDs for better lighting, maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches per minute... Ask any professional tailor;if this isn't retro hi-tech, nothing is. The best part? It's built for home users, so almost anyone can begin stitching like a boss in no time. We like it simply because it reminds us of grandma's old Singer.

Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012


SEWING MACHINE

What's a sewing machine doing in a line-up of retro-cool ? Well, this isn't just any sewing machine. It's the Singer 160 created to commemorate the brand's 160 year anniversary in 2011. In keeping with tradition, this limited edition model - retailing at $500 and up - is available in shiny black and with the familiar gold design on its heavy-duty metal body. But other than that, the 160 is a modern technological marvel with 24 built-in stitches, an automatic needle threader, a one-touch stitch selection menu, a stitch length display, automatic bobbin thread for quicker threading, a presser foot sensor for an easy start, three LEDs for better lighting, maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches per minute... Ask any professional tailor;if this isn't retro hi-tech, nothing is. The best part? It's built for home users, so almost anyone can begin stitching like a boss in no time. We like it simply because it reminds us of grandma's old Singer.

<br><b><br><br>PROTECTIVE COVERS </b><br><br>Looking for a protective casing for your e-book reader, tablet and notebook? You might want to consider covers from brands such as BookBook (twelvesouth. com/products/bookbook), Octovo (www. octovo. com), Klever Case (www. klevercase. co. uk), M Edge (www. medgestore. com) and Mauz Book Covers (www. mauzbookco. com) that look like antique books. <br>The best part? You can choose between rich leather finishes, classic bindings, kitschy comic book covers from the '50s, or even create you own custom designs. Prices start at $20. <br>Heck, with these covers, your e-book reader will feel nice and cozy on your book case.

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Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





PROTECTIVE COVERS


Looking for a protective casing for your e-book reader, tablet and notebook? You might want to consider covers from brands such as BookBook (twelvesouth. com/products/bookbook), Octovo (www. octovo. com), Klever Case (www. klevercase. co. uk), M Edge (www. medgestore. com) and Mauz Book Covers (www. mauzbookco. com) that look like antique books.
The best part? You can choose between rich leather finishes, classic bindings, kitschy comic book covers from the '50s, or even create you own custom designs. Prices start at $20.
Heck, with these covers, your e-book reader will feel nice and cozy on your book case.

<br><b><br><br>PHONES </b><br><br>The Sagemcom Sixty - priced at around Rs 10, 000 through online shopping - takes inspiration from old rotor phones. But it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to modern-day cordless handsets: Touchscreen navigation, tactile keypad, talk-time indicator, alphanumeric display, call records, phonebook with space for 150 <br>entries, answering machine, 20 minutes recording time, automatic power management, et al. And to add to its '70s illusion, it comes with a rotating light and sound effect during dialling. <br>And then there's the ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset and the Portronics Phoni Retro Handset that connect to your smartphone. The former from www. thinkgeek. com uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to your mobile phone while the latter - available on www. junglee. com - comes with a 3. 5 mm jack that plus into your phone or PC (so you can use it with Skype and all). The cool thing about these is that you can hold them between your chin and shoulder while talking, just like you did with your landline phones, leaving your hands free to take down notes or just lazily twiddle your thumbs. Ring in the funky '80s, we say.

Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012





PHONES


The Sagemcom Sixty - priced at around Rs 10, 000 through online shopping - takes inspiration from old rotor phones. But it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to modern-day cordless handsets: Touchscreen navigation, tactile keypad, talk-time indicator, alphanumeric display, call records, phonebook with space for 150
entries, answering machine, 20 minutes recording time, automatic power management, et al. And to add to its '70s illusion, it comes with a rotating light and sound effect during dialling.
And then there's the ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset and the Portronics Phoni Retro Handset that connect to your smartphone. The former from www. thinkgeek. com uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to your mobile phone while the latter - available on www. junglee. com - comes with a 3. 5 mm jack that plus into your phone or PC (so you can use it with Skype and all). The cool thing about these is that you can hold them between your chin and shoulder while talking, just like you did with your landline phones, leaving your hands free to take down notes or just lazily twiddle your thumbs. Ring in the funky '80s, we say.

<b>MICROPHONE </b><br><br>Even as a regular microphone, the Yeti - with its high-quality analogue-to-digital converter - is an amazing accessory to directly create audio recordings on your PC. And then there's its built-in headphone amplifier for zerolatency monitoring and simple controls (headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, etc) located directly on the microphone. Besides, you can use any of its "patterns" for better recordings: 'Stereo' for vocals, choirs and instrument;'Cardio' for podcasts, voiceovers;'Omni-directional' for conference calls, field recordings, events/ orchestras;'Bidirectional' for interview and vocal duets. And since it's a USB device, plug it into your PC or Mac and it starts working. But what we really like is its classic chic. This Yeti can be found on www. bluemic. com for Rs 9, 000.

Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012


MICROPHONE

Even as a regular microphone, the Yeti - with its high-quality analogue-to-digital converter - is an amazing accessory to directly create audio recordings on your PC. And then there's its built-in headphone amplifier for zerolatency monitoring and simple controls (headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, etc) located directly on the microphone. Besides, you can use any of its "patterns" for better recordings: 'Stereo' for vocals, choirs and instrument;'Cardio' for podcasts, voiceovers;'Omni-directional' for conference calls, field recordings, events/ orchestras;'Bidirectional' for interview and vocal duets. And since it's a USB device, plug it into your PC or Mac and it starts working. But what we really like is its classic chic. This Yeti can be found on www. bluemic. com for Rs 9, 000.

Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012


Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012


Retro cool

Savio D'souza | September 29, 2012


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