In Pictures: Groovy 1970s consumer tech

The 1970s played host to an explosion in consumer electronics gadgets that changed how we educate, entertain, calculate, and communicate.

Video Games

The 1970s witnessed the birth of the commercial video game and its explosion into a mass entertainment medium. The 1971 launch of Computer Space in arcades got the ball rolling, and then Pong (1972) pushed arcade video games into the mainstream. The Magnavox Odyssey (1972) brought video games to home TVs for the first time, and Atari followed that up with a home version of its Pong game, shown here, in 1975. Home video games rocketed in popularity with the launch of the 1977 Atari VCS (aka 2600), which reigned as the home console to beat throughout the remainder of the decade.

Credit: Sears

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