Get the wireless recharging power battery that looks just like a Walkman

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/05/30/get-the-wireless-recharging-po.html

Uhhh… what?

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They keep using that word…

Yes. Yes it will.

Now they’ve taken the headphone jack out of Walkmen? This shit has gone way too far.

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If I’m gonna lug something that big around, it’d better at least play my fucking audio cassettes, is what I’m saying.

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One mustn’t underestimate the bond between an '80s kid and his Walkman.

walkman

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I have an old walkman housing I was thinking of turning into a phone case and realized there was enough room for a battery (or two!) as well.

I have to wonder if the retro styling here is just to conceal the fact that the power bank is a clunky, obsolete bit of kit many times larger than comparable modern devices, while increasing the mark-up.

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Now, show me something that’s an actual Walkman (with headphone jack) AND ALSO a power bank, and then maybe we can have a conversation.

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Adam Savage makes Starlord’s Walkman prop.


Source: Video from Tested/Adam Savage on YouTube, published September 9 ᵗ ʰ, 2019.

One could use this powerbank as a prop, or one could make a prop that was a powerbank, had a MP3 player cassette (a Google search shows they are available), and could also serve as a wallet. That does seem like a lot of work. Bonus points to the person that adds inductive charging too.

A digression- I miss my Awai ruggedized Walkman. It had a nice water resistant case that one of their AM/FM tape players could fit in, so if it died one didn’t have to chuck the whole thing. It was durable and had a UV “meter” that one could slather with sunscreen to see when one needed to get out of the sun. I went to find an image of one of the two models I owned and I must be in a parallel universe as I have yet to find an image of it.

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If I’m going to carry around something as bulky as a walkman, I’d rather it actually be useful, though.

Ow, my brain hurts.

Speaking of problems that didn’t need solving, but God bless the Kurzweil singularity:

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Now someone needs to do this for movies. Turn a (sound) film into a silent one with an auto-orchestra recreating the soundtrack as a live experience…

Oh, kind of like…

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Perfect! That totally works, because you’d also need subtitles/title cards to understand what it’s saying…

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