Kids' Computers Through The Ages

June 27th, 2011 by Benj Edwards

Kids' Computers Through The Ages at PCWorld.com

Today at PCWorld.com, you'll find my new retrospective of kids' computers through history. It covers a selection of toy/educational/kid computers from the dawn of computing to the present via the cyber-magic of the web slideshow medium. I hope you enjoy it.



6 Responses to “Kids' Computers Through The Ages”

  1. PS3D Says:

    Whoa, the Tiger Learning Computer looks pretty cool…

  2. Braybett Says:

    That kid's mom looks she's secretly plotting against him. A fake smile and a cool new toy so that he doesn't suspect the POISON IN HIS DINNER

  3. Eagles409 Says:

    Does anyone remember the Hot Wheels and Barbie Computers? I believe it was a 200MHz computer with a Hot Wheels or Barbie case. If I remember correctly the computer was pretty well out of date when it arrived, but the case for the Hot Wheels version was pretty cool. I remember wanting just the case and the keyboard so that I could upgrade the insides. Here is a picture: http://www.applefritter.com/files/Picture%20005.jpg

  4. Benj Edwards Says:

    Eagles409, I remember them — we did a Retro Scan of the Week of those Barbie & Hot Wheels Computers last year:

    http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/628

    I didn't include them in the slideshow because I was focusing mainly on educational computers that weren't' full-fledged PCs.

  5. P Carter Says:

    Gahh…I had that RadioShack "computer". I wish i had took a photo of that thing. My parents gave it to me in 1987 for Christmas and I played with it until I burned out a few of the bulbs.

    The last thing I made with it was a calculator, but I could only get it to do up 10 (ie 4+6) because I ran out of wires =)

  6. arlandi Says:

    wish they still make these toy-computers with BASIC or any programming language built in and capability to store those software.
    imagine all the homebrew softwares that will follow next.

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