6 Dead Gadgets That Deserve A Revival

iPod illuminated clickwheel design 2018 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Here are a bunch of products that came and went but deserve a second chance, in my opinion. In no particular order:

1. Clickwheel iPod. Right now the only iPod available is the Touch, but there are dozens of us still clinging to the old clickwheel models. I have a hunch that a clickwheel iPod will return in 2021 to mark the device’s 20th anniversary.

I remember Apple showing off a new line of iPods (5th Gen Nano I think), and I honestly thought the clickwheels were illuminated! I was wrong, of course. For the mockup above I included that feature. Bluetooth and wireless charging would also be welcome additions.

Doorcade

Doorcade arcade cabinet design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

I’d love to get a MAME arcade cabinet but they would just take up too much space, so I thought of building one into your average door. It would need wheels to support the weight of the flat TV/electronics, and a power source would be tricky to execute. All said, I think this is do-able.

Nintendo Entertainment Center

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This entertainment center is a copy of the ‘World of Nintendo’ display case that used to reside in video game stores back in the 90’s, minus the sliding glass on the front. It’s the ideal size for a flat panel display and some game consoles.

AtGames SEGA Handheld Redesign

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There have been several iterations of this SEGA handheld released by AtGames over the years, and I always thought they looked soooo close to resembling the Dreamcasts’s VMU device. Thought I’d post a mockup.

These handhelds are decent for the price. They have a good screen, rechargeable battery via USB, some built-in games, and an SD card slot so you can add some more games. I never pulled the trigger on one because of their well-known sound issues.

However if they did release a VMU or Game Gear-styled version, that may be enough for me to buy one.

NEO GEO Classic Console

Neo Geo 40th Classic Mini Console design by Dave Delisle

Last week SNK teased a new NEO GEO console, which may be similar to the NES/SNES Classic Minis, however their teaser image implies something a lot bigger (going by the arcade stick shape), it could even be a Bartop Arcade Cabinet.

If they did follow Nintendo’s formula it would be two controller pads and a mini console, something like the concept I posted here. For the controllers I was inspired by the ones that came with the Sega Saturn. I would prefer a D-Pad but SNK likes their thumb sticks so I kept them here.

For the console, I enlisted an MVS cartridge, which are the cartridges used by the NEO GEO arcade cabinets. The label folds down to reveal access to the controller ports and power/reset buttons.

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The graphics on the control panel and flap were inspired by the NEO GEO arcade cabinet. The front flap was inspired by the Super Retro Trio Plus console.

Because the console is a cartridge, it can be stored in a case. Which reminds me of a few designs I posted last year.

I’m looking forward to whatever SNK does end up releasing. Their 90’s home consoles and games were very expensive, even by today’s standards. A budget system that features many of their hits would be a must-have for many gamers, myself included.

PlayStation 5 Concept

Playstation 5 PS5 Sony concept by Dave Delisle

Last year a Sony executive said that the company “can’t ignore the Nintendo Switch”, so that got me thinking: would they copy Nintendo? Perhaps not outright, but they could steer their next PlayStation in that direction if they really wanted to.

Personally I would make the PS5 a traditional home console that could be upgraded with a mobile component, if the consumer wanted. You’d start off with the console and controller, then buy a handheld device separately.

Playstation 5 PS5 Sony concept by Dave Delisle

In this case the handheld device would be similar to a PSP or PS Vita. The games would migrate from the console to the handheld on demand, just like a Switch.

The handheld would dock on the console, the top of which is a wireless charging pad (this could be used to charge game controllers too). Games and data would be transferred wirelessly.