In 1978, Portable VCRs hit the market and in 1979, Akai released their VHS playing AktiVideo system. For someone who would not get a VCR for many more years, the technology still seemed really new, but the VHS format was already fairly dominant with surveys showing that 3/4 of all VCRs in homes were VHS.
Akai and many others tried to take the VHS to a different place with these portable systems. My favorite image in this ad is the guy on the train smoking the cigar watching a movie on his tiny television. That is exactly the type of future I was hoping for when I was a kid and this ad would have still seemed like Science Fiction to me for most the 1980s.
It is amazing how far we have come in such a short time.
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