Totally Micro, Mobile and Mainstream: Reveals How '80s Technology Works

Founder of HowStuffWorks®, Marshall Brain, also to be featured on The History Channel® series "Modern Marvels®: '80s Tech" Episode

Atlanta (May 18, 2006) - So much of what has become integral to our lives today - cell phones, PCs, even iPods - is rooted in technology that was introduced during the 1980s. Award-winning and trusted resource Web site - - flashes back to one of the most influential eras in modern technological advancement in its newest featured article, "'80s Tech Revisited."

"The advent of the microchip alone was enough to make the 1980s a monumental decade," said article author and, Marshall Brain. "Add to it the portability and miniaturization of certain technologies and the natural evolution into today's tech is easy to see."

Brain will be featured in the upcoming Modern Marvels episode about '80s technology, which will air on May 24th at 10PM EST and will kick off Great Inventions Week on The History Channel.

The article breaks down -- in non-technical language -- how a number of groundbreaking '80s technologies actually work, including:

  • Personal computers
  • Graphical user interface
  • CDs
  • Walkmans
  • VCRs
  • Camcorders
  • Video game consoles
  • Cable television
  • Answering machines
  • Cell phones
  • Portable phones
  • Fax machines

"'80s Tech Revisited" is just one of thousands of topics explained by HowStuffWorks in a clear, easy-to-understand format that appeals to all age/education levels.


Michele Wisch, HowStuffWorks


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