retrofutures

uk

​How to Send an Email in 1984

”It’s very simple, really.”
Rachel Pick
3.13.16
All Fronts

The US Army Was Promised Jetpacks, Too

Rockets belts and more would’ve helped infantry fly anywhere.
Joseph Trevithick
9.15.15
Art

These GIFs of Hokusai Woodblock Art with UFOs and Lasers Are Freaking Awesome

Ukiyo-e from the future.
Emiko Jozuka
8.21.15
videos

One Million Minutes of Archive Footage Reveals Scientists Ahead of Their Times

Associated Press and British Movietone put one million minutes of history on YouTube, including plenty of science moments.
Emiko Jozuka
7.23.15
future

NASA Taunts Us With Exoplanet Tourism Posters

I want to go to there.
Becky Ferreira
1.7.15
Features

How Disney Was Hustled into Making the Trippiest Movie About Computers Ever

"Computers are People, Too!" is the defining artifact of the 80s CGI era.
Jordan Pearson
12.16.14
Art

How the Victorians Saw in 3D

Stereographs were like the 19th-century equivalent of Oculus Rift.
Victoria Turk
10.20.14
Culture

Stock Photos Are Like Time Capsules for Retro Tech

Technological obsolescence is how you end up with anachronistic pictures of floppy disks featuring the bitcoin symbol.
Victoria Turk
7.24.14
machines

Alexander Graham Bell Made a Wireless Phone That Ran on Sunshine

Happy 134th birthday to the photophone.
Ben Richmond
6.3.14
Features

Dyson's 'Google Glass', and Other Inventions That Never Quite Made It

A rare glimpse at the potential future tech that never was.
Victoria Turk
6.2.14
machines

There's Now a 'Physical Instagram' for Nostalgic Polaroid Fans

Lovers of holding things can rejoice.
Meghan Neal
3.17.14
Motherboard Blog

MovieFone Is Dead, But These Automated Phone Services Live On

It's a sad day, but some relics of the analog days still live on.
Jason Koebler
2.24.14