Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Blickensderfer Portable Typewriter
George Blickensderfer's portable typewriters, introduced circa 1892, were advertised as the "Five-Pound Secretary." The Model 6, first sold in 1906, offered an aluminum framework, at the time a relatively expensive and rare metal.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Draganfly X6 RC Helicopter
A carbon-fiber, remote-controlled helicopter designed to be stable in 18 m.p.h. winds or if some of its motors die. It's GPS enabled and can be armed with a hi-def camcorder or night vision. Plus, it just looks scary.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Dyson G-Force Bagless Vacuum
No one was interested in James Dyson's bagless vacuum because it would kill bag sales. Picked up in Japan in 1983, Dyson used the proceeds to start his own company, which today build's the world's, ahem, suckiest vacuums.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Ben Heck Custom Atari VCSp
Almost a decade ago, Ben Heckendorn sparked an underground scene of hand-built, custom game consoles when he deconstructed the classic Atari 2600, now complete with built-in screen, sound amplifier, battery power, and aluminum frame.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Sony Aibo ERS-111
Sony's first revision of their first-generation robot pet was able to learn and grow by using puppy-like, then dog-like, logic. Too unsophisticated to learn or run realistically, they paved the way for true robotic toys like the Pleo dinosaur.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Bell Labs Picture Phone
The first Picturephone test system, built in 1956, was crude and transmitted an image only once every two seconds. By 1964, a complete experimental system, the "Mod 1," had been developed and was displayed at New York's World Fair, paired to a model of Disneyland.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Aiptek V10 PMP Pico Projector, Carbon Butterfly RC plane
Aiptek V10 PMP Pico Projector: This battery-powered mini projector plays movies from an SD card, using an LED to project a picture up to 50 inches on the wall without burning your hand. One day, cellphones will have one of these.
Carbon Butterfly RC Plane: This remote-controlled airplane is lighter than a piece of notebook paper thanks to lightweight balsa, carbon fiber and Swiss-made gears.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Red One Movie Camera, First Sony Digital Mavica Cam
Red One Movie Camera: A digital movie-making revolution and a future-proof modular platform, this 10-lb. digital video camera shoots pristine 4K resolution movies with its 12 million-pixel "ultra hi-def" sensor.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Sony 11-inch OLED TV
OLED technology will power all flat-screen TVs in the future, but the beautiful, high-contrast wafer-thin screens are still excruciatingly expensive -- in this case, $230 per diagonal inch, or $2500 for this set.
Vintage gadgets on display in NYC: Yamaha YSP-4000 Surround Sound Bar
A five-channel surround sound system that uses Cold War submarine sonar technology to bounce beams of audio against walls and to your ears from different angles.