A Retro-Unboxing: The Atari Touch Tablet

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Benj Edwards at Technologizer posted a great retro-unboxing of a mint condition vintage Atari Touch Tablet from 1984. According to Benj:

The next time you use your shiny new Wacom tablet and Adobe Photoshop CS4, think back to a time before time–a time before blends, morphs, heal brushes, and 10-megapixel images. A time like 1984, which, for computer graphics, was darker than the Dark Ages. It was a time when you could buy an $89.95 Atari CX77 Touch Tablet for your Atari 8-bit home computer. Luckily, I bought mine for considerably less last year, although it was still in new, unopened condition. Safely sequestered in the official Vintage Computing and Gaming computer lab, I recently began the task of unpacking the antique peripheral and documenting the process. Here’s an account of the experience.

For 1984, it really was an amazing piece of technology. It makes a retroist’s heart happy to see an older piece of technology functioning and in such good shape.

Atari’s 1984 Touch Tablet: A Retro-Unboxing via Technologizer