8 Essential 1980s Gadgets That Are Now Obsolete

8 Essential 1980s Gadgets That Are Now Obsolete

Over the decades, the 1980s had more than its fair share of iconic technology, from walkmans to VCRs to pagers. Many of the innovative Reagan-era gadgets and entertainment devices have since become obsolete, but they paved the way for a new generation of 21stitems from the last century such as cell phones and voice-activated home appliances.

Here are eight influential tech marvels of the 1980s that have long since jumped the shark:


Small wireless telecommunications devices that could easily clip onto a purse strap or belt, pagers allowed people to transmit simple messages in an instant. One-way pagers allow users to receive messages, while two-way devices can acknowledge, respond, and send communications.

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