Tech Toys of the 1980s

If you’re an engineer, you probably played with these 1980s toys.

Rob Spiegel

August 14, 2023

15 Slides

Gameboy? Nintendo? Simon? These toys may have been a big part of your life when you were a junior engineer. Most of these toys were created by engineers who lived out their childhood fantasies by taking the high tech of their day and creating playthings they wish they had as kids.

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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