“Retirement home” for old tech, gadgets

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the world stage for the hottest new tech gadgets.

But some gadgets touted, as the next big thing can quickly cool off or quickly become obsolete. CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports on a kind of tech “retirement home.”

Retirement home for old tech, gadgets

Retirement home for old tech, gadgets

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the world stage for the hottest new tech gadgets. But some gadgets touted, as the next big thing can quickly cool off or quickly become obsolete. CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports on a kind of tech "retirement home."
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The sounds of machines that transformed lives-Bob Roswell has built up one of the world’s best collections of gadgets through the ages, from a 19th Century accounting machine that was rather nifty at division, to the first personal computer Microsoft founder Bill Gates used to develop word processing software in the 1970s.

But you needed to be a math genius to understand this hardware back then. And these early pioneers also needed a bit of brawn.

Wearable tech is attracting massive investment. But it has been done before.

Bob’s museum outside Baltimore, Maryland is testament to products that can be popular for years and then vanish. Atari’s video game console was a 1980s icon. But that doesn’t diminish the amazing advances in computing.

And if you have an old computer gathering dust in your attic, it might just be more valuable than you think. An original Apple 1 might bring in over a quarter of a million dollars.