15 Tech Toys of the 1970s

From the TRS 80 to the Atari 2600, electronic toys in the 1970s were a tad more sophisticated than the Barbies and pet rocks of that era.

Rob Spiegel

July 8, 2024

15 Slides

At a Glance

  • Pong was a table tennis-themed arcade video game, featuring simple two-dimensional graphics.
  • The Walkman was a portable cassette player that allowed people to listen to music on the go.
  • The 1970s LEGO sets marked a significant period in the evolution of the iconic building toys.

Here are 15 classic tech-based toys of the 1970s. Some of the gadgets of the era – such as the Philips N1500 VCR and the Commodore PET – were meant to be more than just toys. But in their use, they were designed for entertainment. That effectively made them toys for all ages.

Here’s a quick video followed a browse through the slideshow of great 1970s toys.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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