The Internet in Your Pocket, Before the Internet

The Internet in Your Pocket, Before the Internet September 7, 2014

Mark Hill, browsing for oddities in Amsterdam (what a life), discovers a most prescient artifact indeed: A portable transistor radio from the late 1960s named “Internet.”

Image by Mark Hill.
Image by Mark Hill.

Hill writes:

[T]here’s even more connection with today’s internet age. The cream case, flat upright format, rounded corners, and ‘screen’-like black tuning display all recall Jonathan Ive’s now legendary design for the iPod. The Internet radio even has white earphones! … I was also very fond of the fact that it was complete with its instructions, warranty card, plastic protection pouch, earphone and box.

Amazing. If secreted away in a garment, this literally became “the Internet in your pocket.” An ur-Apple product if ever there was one.


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