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Analog Imposters

Next-gen gadgets with a last-gen look.


MP3s take on a tinny turn-of-the-last-century sound when rigged up to iPhonograph Kit’s conical horn ($60 at

The USB game controller combines nostalgia for Super Mario with a hankering for Angry Birds ($25 at Urban Outfitters, 526 Sixth Ave., nr. 14th St.; 646-638-1646).

Samson’s Meteor USB microphone facilitates Etta James karaoke via iPad ($127.95 at B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio, 420 Ninth Ave., at 34th St.; 212-444-5000).

Crosley’s two-tone AV Room portable USB turntable digitizes your old Smiths LPs ($160 at Urban Outfitters).

GreenHouse Japan’s GH-ML8 converter mounts to a camera phone for eight times the zoom ($59.99 at AC Gears, 69 E. 8th St., at Mercer St.; 212-260-2269).

The 10-Key Calculator from designer Ippei Matsumoto is both tactile and PC-compatible ($54 at the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-849-8355).

An iPod touch masquerades as a junky, plastic eighties camera with the snap-on HipstaCase ($39.95 at the Apple Store, 767 Fifth Ave., nr. 59th St.; 212-336-1440).

Connected to Native Union’s Moshi Moshi retro handset, a cell phone becomes a landline with legs ($30 at Dijital Fix, 218 Bedford Ave., at N. 5th St., Williamsburg; 877-345-4349).

SuperHeadz’s Digital Harinezumi 2++ palm-held camera shoots fuzzy Super 8–style video ($180 at New Museum Store, 235 Bowery, at Prince St.; 212-343-0460).

This faux mixtape unfolds to reveal a handwritten track list and 1GB USB drive ($30 at Dijital Fix).


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