Beta ED. Super VHS. 8mm Video. Man, the days when people actually wanted CDs. I didn’t get to go to the Consumer Electronic Shows then — and back then there were two of them every year — so I had to be content with waiting until new technology came to my local Highland Electronics Superstore.

Thanks to one YouTube user, though, we can relive those days, and it’s an extra added bonus that they come to us through wobbly standard-definition camcorder video, as all worthwhile things in the 1980s did. You even get blocky titles! Love it!

This is an hour-long expedition into the future of technology, as seen from the past. It’s a reminder that today’s tech will look pretty dorky in 30 years, too.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.