The GeoSafari Jr. was a cleverly flexible kid's game

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  • Some extra info! (and I'll edit this as we get more): As predicted, we found the codes! And they're not _exactly_ encoding the parameters, but seem to call up an assortment of pre-set games. The manual helps you figure out what code you'll need based on how many questions you want and the type of game, and then it tells you which spots to use on the card. It's both simpler and more complex than it seems! On that note, I didn't call out that on the box it says "Compatible with all GeoSafari game packs" which suggests this literally is the same thing as the original geography game, but yellow. And honestly that's a nice selling point, as when your kids are older now they've got a geography game! As you can tell, I like this thing. It's neat.

    Technology ConnectionsTechnology Connections17 päivää sitten
    • You're neat!

      plankton50plankton50Päivä sitten
    • @christo930 I don’t understand where you got “don’t try to manage risk” from. My point about schooling was specifically to illustrate the way your first comment came off to me. I literally said that was an overreaction and stated what I would rather actually do when it comes to that. Anyway. I was never allowed outdoors. And I’m bitter about that. That was my mother’s decision, against my father’s wishes. So I’m sure I’d have spent less time watching TV and on the computer if I’d been allowed to explore the farmer’s fields and trees near the house. Nevertheless, I feel you’re overstating the risks. Just like my friend who was scared to install an ethernet card in her PC in case she somehow broke something, because she couldn’t afford to replace it if that happened. You seem to have thought I said my father wasn’t able to prevent me from seeing dubious content, but that’s the opposite of what I’d said. I didn’t see anything besides cussing (which I’d already heard in school) until I was 12, long after I had computer independence. There just isn’t very much 6 and 7 year olds like to do in these spaces. Chat rooms are slow and boring to them. They only like to do voice and video with their friends from school. One of the main things I dialled in for was to print out colouring pages, or to play Flash games. Both of those are easily handled by apps on an iPad. You also seem to be avoiding the fact that iOS has robust internet parental controls. The parent can completely disable the internet on the iPad and set hours where access is allowed. Most apps work just fine offline, and the parent can let the iPad install its updates overnight while the child is asleep. I have yet to see you make an actual argument that “screens are bad in excess” and “kids are having excess screen time”. All of your actual arguments are about the dangers of online, not about inherent aspects of screens. You seem to think having an iPad means having completely unfettered internet access. You’re acting as if the two are fully equivalent. Reading a book on an iPad or a Kindle is no different than reading it on paper. I got my extreme myopia from reading novels constantly. I do agree that helicopter parents keeping kids inside is damaging to the child’s development. But the heightened use of screens is more a symptom of THAT, than a cause unto itself. And I see no point in trying to reduce Screens outside of encouraging more outdoor play. Model building and painting, learning a musical instrument, often nowadays involves downloading the instructions or sheet music on PDF. So those kinds of activities also still involve screens. Not to mention with current covid restrictions they’re often the only lifeline these kids have to their friends from school, when online access is allowed (say, after lesson-time before dinner). Note, since you keep acting as if I’m saying otherwise, I am NOT a proponent for letting 6 year olds into the wild web unfettered. I just find your equivalence of Screens with Online to be troublesome, and your generalisations about development to be shortsighted and stuck in the ‘90s. A lot of your arguments basically boil down to “how we did it when I was a child is the best way”, which is actually an incredibly common refrain. If you were in your 20s in ‘89, I’m going to assume most of your childhood memories were in the early to mid ‘70s. Well, I can guarantee there were plenty of opinion pieces published back then worrying about what this “limited screen time” (as you put it) was doing to children’s brains. Some even said the TV was bad but cinema was fine. Or that kids should only be reading books. They were very worried about kids sitting a foot away from the TV and watching slack-jawed and eating snacks. Now, I presume you have fond memories of doing just that with your favourite cartoons. You probably know very well that these concerns were overblown and your brain wasn’t turned to mush by watching cartoons from a foot away. That you did, indeed, have other interests, even as many adults claimed kids literally wanted nothing but to watch TV anymore. Try to realise you’re now in that same position as those opinion pieces were. It’s a well-observed phenomenon that people start rejecting technological developments which occur later in life. (Douglas Adams famously said; everything until you’re 20 is just how things are, everything until you’re 40 is an exciting new development, and everything after that is an unnatural abomination.) It’s very common to engage in handwringing about what these new technologies will do to our kids. Perhaps you will remember the ‘90s and early ‘00s hysteria about cell phones and kids’ brains, for example. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that you’ll have concerns about iPads and other tablets. But simply having concerns does not necessarily translate into those concerns being warranted. People here are trying to engage with you on your concerns but it seems after a point you just start digging your heels in and declaring it was better when you were their age. My main issues growing up were extreme bullying and peer abuse, and struggling to navigate a social world without knowing I was autistic, so I had no adaptation techniques. These things both happened before I had ever used a computer screen. But you seem invested in saying that screens are inherently bad. Now, you keep saying “I don’t think screens are all bad”, but then you make arguments that hinge on that idea, and would make no sense if you thought they were fine. Such as “kids are spending too long with screens”, or how you (paraphrased) said any parent who gives a kid an iPad is negligent. A screen is just a tool. It’s what you do with it that matters. And that’s been my argument all along: what these kids do with them is far more important in assessing the effects, than simply declaring they need to Get Off The iPad. I think you’re attributing a causal link to various difficulties kids are experiencing and their pasttimes. Just as TV was blamed for kids’ problems in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. You’re clinging to the idea that it’s damaging to read from a screen instead of a page, that it’s damaging to watch TV on an iPad instead of a TV. You _say_ it’s about the risks of internet access, but then most of your arguments just say screens are overused and bad for development, and how you had to get off the TV and read a book. If you’re solely concerned about how closely parents are managing their kids’ internet activity, you can just say so, without saying any parent who gives a kid an iPad is abusing the child. These other points you’re bringing up are muddying your intention, contradicting yourself, and making you come off as reactionary. And since you are upfront that you have never and can never experience firsthand what it’s like to grow up with internet, or even something like a BBS, is it any wonder you’re back-projecting adult anxieties onto the medium? You have only ever experienced it as an adult. Well, there’s tons of other comments in this thread from other people who grew up with various levels of internet access and monitoring, and we’re all telling you what it’s actually like. Again, just as you know first-hand how people’s concerns about TV&kids turned out to be overblown. It’s not that we don’t have our own concerns about the internet, or the state of children’s TV, or how much data apps harvest about kids, or about the mental and financial costs of microtransactions compared to buying a game once. Rather, we just think your suggestions wouldn’t help, and may be counterproductive. For instance, “mum won’t let me have an iPad, she says books are just as good” could easily precipitate or exacerbate bullying in school. For many kids with abusive families, talking to their friends online is one of the only ways they can escape the stress, and also to find out that the way their family operates is not actually normal. Gay or trans kids, similarly, frequently cite the internet as something that saved their life. So by all means, encourage kids to ride their bikes more and go exploring in the woods and so forth. Encourage playing sports or developing other artistic skills. But your mistake is in thinking computer usage somehow detracts from these other abilities, even though kids are very savvy at using them to enhance these other activities. Just as we use our smartphones for so many things nowadays; for a modern child a tablet is their journal, their phone, their TV, their gameboy, their homework, their sketchbook, their piano, their camera, and so much more. Trying to force the clock back, to make kids live in a world where those functions are separated, is ultimately futile. They won’t wanna do it, and their peers will give them hell for it if their parents force the issue. The only sustainable approach is to ensure we have risk management and risk mitigation in place. Banning things just makes them all the more enticing to kids, after all. Kids from a household who are more technologically restrictive will just find excuses to visit the friends who have more freedom. And then they’ll be confused as to why their parents banned/restricted it. Communicating and setting clear boundaries with them is therefore a far better solution than simply limiting or removing access. And, again, if you don’t actually disagree with my wider point, then stop making arguments that sound as if you do. Such as saying giving a child a tablet is abuse.

      Kaitlyn LKaitlyn L2 päivää sitten
    • @Kaitlyn L The last part of your post is pure sophistry. Paraphrased 'if you can not eliminate ALL risks, you should not even try to eliminate or reduce ANY risk' This is ridiculous hyperbole. Your point is well taken that supervision is not always easy even when you are in the same room. But this also is a bit of the sophistry above. After all, if dad cannot eliminate the risk of some rando weirdo contacting you via text while he is in the same room as you, why bother with ANY supervision and just let you put the computer in your bedroom. Frankly, the whole post reeks of that. My first comment could be similarly framed. If you cannot easily totally eliminate all risk, then just don't allow them anywhere near technology. But, as I pointed out in my clarification post, it's about risk and reward. Allowing some supervised use gets the benefits of using a computer while significantly reducing the risks. It's a simple( and simplified) cost/benefit analysis. Learning can be plenty of fun without screens. I think kids are spending WAY too much time around screens. I was 20 years old when the gameboy came out and so the only portable games I ever had were the VFD and LCD games like the portable football dash games. I also had screen time, but that was at home. I had lots of outdoor time. The majority of my free time (except in the winter when it's dark an hour after school lets out) was spent outdoors. Even things like Ataris were for when you couldn't go out. This is ABSOLUTELY missing in kid's lives today. They spend WAY too much time on computers. There is a such thing as too much.

      christo930christo9302 päivää sitten
    • @Keiya You apparently have not read a single word I said. I specifically did not say we should not use these (or any other) tool at all. I said children should not have their own tablet or unsupervised use of a tablet or phone.

      christo930christo9302 päivää sitten
    • The cleverness of these cards is really the same cleverness that went into plain old paper workbooks in elementary school. Just minus the lights.

      Corby ZiesmanCorby Ziesman4 päivää sitten
  • Just pitching you an idea for a series on early PC's like Z81 up to 6800 chipsets.

    Neil MayoNeil Mayo33 minuuttia sitten
  • I honestly love that you pad out the ending of your videos with your flubs. The main part of the video shows us that you're pretty smart. The endings show us that you're very human. And the fun little annotations make it seem like we're a friend along for the ride as you make these videos. It's a winning combination, and I keep coming back again and again for the content you're producing. Stay warm, and keep on with the great work.

    Fox PopuliFox Populi3 tuntia sitten
  • As a person who likes cars, the “educational insights” pun was brilliant. This video’s one of my favorites and I’m not even done watching yet!

    Svenski8924Svenski892410 tuntia sitten
  • You should do a video about retro Polaroid cameras

    Alexandre LucianoAlexandre Luciano11 tuntia sitten
  • 9:27 The updated version will include: bat + armadillo = COVID

    SipelpoissSipelpoiss13 tuntia sitten
  • Oh my I had one of these! The "This is harder than it looks" message on some cards freaks me out even to this day for some reason. EDIT: I can't find this message myself but I'm sure it was there.

    Alex SchmidtAlex Schmidt23 tuntia sitten
  • There's a grill on the other side for those machines sold in England... :)

    richardwernstrichardwernst23 tuntia sitten
  • I always thought it was called Geo Safari cuz we used in in conjunction with the interactive globe, in school

    Boco CorwinBoco CorwinPäivä sitten
  • @bigclivedotcom come over here and help this chap out, would you?

    Bart VanheesBart VanheesPäivä sitten
  • Nice and all..but will it run Minecraft ?

    Cody CappsCody CappsPäivä sitten
  • Lol metric degrees

    Lulaire NoroubLulaire NoroubPäivä sitten
  • My family had a UK handheld version of this with the interchangeable plates

    Gma1lGma1lPäivä sitten
  • Can you please do a video about Captain Power and the other video cassette video games? I remember how awesome they were.

    oberak dragonprowoberak dragonprow2 päivää sitten
  • Oh but with stereo beepboops you could make a beat, and THEN it would sound a bit more complex and amazing!

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  • After all the Texas stuff, I wonder if Technology Connections will still advocate electrified heat as the future of heating.

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  • I need ur content

    Remington BRemington B3 päivää sitten
  • All the Hipster parents are rushing to eBay.

    Oliver HaleOliver Hale3 päivää sitten
  • I've discovered there is such a thing as a heat pump tumble dryer! This would re-tread aircon, de-humidifier, humidifier blah blah.... ok so video next week? thanks

    chazzy2501chazzy25013 päivää sitten
  • I had something like this, a Vtech World Wizard. Same idea, but the cards had punched slots on an insert tab so there was no manual entering of codes. It was also less blinky. The funny thing about it was the audio quality - I could swear it said "Please insert a tie" even though it was obvious - and my mother confirmed - that it said "card," not "tie." To this day I don't know how I could never picked up "card." It clearly said "tie"!!!

    This Can Be PronouncedThis Can Be Pronounced3 päivää sitten
  • Can't hit like enough for all the references to one of my favorite movies. Where can I donate acorns?

    This Can Be PronouncedThis Can Be Pronounced3 päivää sitten
  • I played with this in elementary school.

    Huntz KusheHuntz Kushe3 päivää sitten
  • 4 numbers,.. three for a grid layout and one for a mode

    paper burnpaper burn4 päivää sitten
  • I wonder if this toy could be circuit bent to make some good bent sounds or even produce a lil waveform to make a tone. You should do a video on circuit bent toys used to make music or produce any sort of tones/sounds! Ya can't look up circuit bent speak and spell for a reference. And the spelling catapillar toy is circuit bent used alot to make it curse lololol

    cornelius kylecornelius kyle4 päivää sitten
  • Do ya live in texas???? It was messed up here for the past week with all the snow❄️ and ice ❄️🌨️ cheers 🥂 from fort worth TX

    cornelius kylecornelius kyle4 päivää sitten
  • He seems alot happier lately doesnt he?

    Raymond BRaymond B4 päivää sitten
  • 0:47 Love this channel. So good so authentic

    Carl SollCarl Soll4 päivää sitten
  • 9:21 High School, TV/VCR repair, computer programming, electrician, animal care specialist, auto mechanics, PC repair, bookkeeping, legal assistant, medical office assistant, hotel/restaurant management, learning the personal computer, electronics, or get your degree you can major in business management OR accounting!

    Corby ZiesmanCorby Ziesman4 päivää sitten
  • "Peasant greeting noise"? :P Those polite peasants are the bomb!

    World Scale Photography Guy RotenbergWorld Scale Photography Guy Rotenberg4 päivää sitten
  • Contepts...

    Patrick SwaffordPatrick Swafford4 päivää sitten
  • You did it, yay!

    MindseasMindseas4 päivää sitten
  • The Honda Educational Insights joke got me. I facepalmed, but I was laughing.

    Jake MJake M4 päivää sitten
  • I love your videos! A great blend of humor and information. I have dreams about cutting your hair. Are you going to keep growing it?

    Gabriella KlebsGabriella Klebs5 päivää sitten
  • My mom was a teacher when these were common in the classroom. At the time I was a computer tech. The number of these things I pulled apart to fix was surprisingly few. They were designed to take a real beating. The most common thing they needed was the display simply unplugged and re-plugged. 10 min to pull apart, 2 seconds to fix. Ah, memories.

    M. Gail PerM. Gail Per5 päivää sitten
  • There are four [batteries]!

    JcewazhereJcewazhere5 päivää sitten
  • I had something like this, except it was much smaller and a little more limiting (8 answer choices, every card had to use all 8 options exactly once in a 1-to-1 setup). The way it determined what the answers are was by holes cut out in the bottom of every card (turn the card around, get a different hole orientation, so you can have something different on the front and the back). But it was nice because you never had to enter a code - it just knew automatically! Having trouble finding it online, but it's probably still at my parents' house somewhere.

    ceegersceegers5 päivää sitten
  • Ahhhh this is crazy! I used to have this thing!

    Bill WoodruffBill Woodruff5 päivää sitten
  • That quarantine hair needs a cut, badly.

    Nic StroudNic Stroud5 päivää sitten
  • *I saved my relationship after I engaged the service of @Basetechs on |nstagram, hacked he’s WhatsApp so I could know what he’s planning with the strange lady huh*

    Lala DamarisLala Damaris5 päivää sitten
  • This reminds me of Electro Quiz from the 1980's

    SantoshSantosh5 päivää sitten
  • Video Idea: How water softeners work.

    Knight fireKnight fire5 päivää sitten
  • This seems fun

    Raghav BhatnagarRaghav Bhatnagar5 päivää sitten
  • I had one of these as a kid! very nostalgic seeing this

    SashaBSashaB5 päivää sitten
  • I remember that toy from my grade one class, back in the mid-90's

    Cameron CrielaardCameron Crielaard5 päivää sitten
  • "You are more boring than a white wall" is what I would say if I didnt greatly enjoy your videos. Keep it up.

    Jacob HargissJacob Hargiss5 päivää sitten
  • Don't tell anyone but you're my favourite aunt!

    CyberJunkieCyberJunkie5 päivää sitten
  • Hey! I have an idea about what could you make a video about, it's called chess computer, i.e. Grand Master, from 1980s, which uses many mechanical components which would be super nice to watch from inside. Thanks)

    Andrii DashkoAndrii Dashko6 päivää sitten
  • Just guessing here, but if I was a programmer, I would use the codes in this way: first two digits indicate the game answer format or "type" and the last two digits are fed into a "Game algorithm" that generates answers based on the "seed" of the two digits. This way, the outcome is always the same for the same code. AND you can then generate games, and match generated answers to the cutouts. One way to test this is to enter a game code of say "1099" and see if this is a valid code and seems to play the game.

    steingatsteingat6 päivää sitten
  • This is totally random, but something that is super interesting to me since I bought one is a Galileo Thermometer. Would love to hear your take on these!

    AmtrakSurfliner768AmtrakSurfliner7686 päivää sitten
  • As a proud homeschooler, this was one of my favorites growling up. It's truly a brilliant design.

    Aaron OsbornAaron Osborn6 päivää sitten
  • -19 C is not cold, come to Canada ;)

    KekistaniKommandoKekistaniKommando6 päivää sitten
  • This thing uses the Duck Tales font and that's all I can think about.

    DarthFennecDarthFennec6 päivää sitten
  • Never seen one before and I was born in 1976!

    Thomas LuggieroThomas Luggiero6 päivää sitten
  • To be honest this thing would be amazing in elementary schools. Especially when teachers could make there own cards. Modernize it a bit and it would be perfect. Much more interesting than a paper test.

    Project AtlasProject Atlas6 päivää sitten
    • @An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd think how good this would be for learning basic math. A lot more fun than a pencil and paper

      Project AtlasProject Atlas6 päivää sitten
    • I think instant the instant feedback it provides is great for learning. It's how our brains are wired to learn things, so it would probably help kids solidify concepts more easily.

      An Anthropomorphic Talking GourdAn Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd6 päivää sitten
  • I had an original Geo Safari as a kid with all the map cards, then we got a history pack and a science pack. I spent far too much time with these as a kid.

    JEB JEBJEB JEB6 päivää sitten
  • lmao that cold outside comment was on point, thanks for the content, love your videos

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  • I would love to see you make a video that was mostly, or completely unscripted. But as always, great video.

    Aaron PAaron P7 päivää sitten
    • He has a second channel called technology connextras where he does exactly that.

      An Anthropomorphic Talking GourdAn Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd6 päivää sitten
  • I think the best electronic interactive toy without a screen or any lights at all is the Quantum Leap (also known as the Leap Frog). It consists of a spiral-bound book nested inside the book-shaped device, paired with a cartridge, and a stylus on a lead. You can interact with each page of the book with the stylus (when you turn the page, "press the green GO circle with your pen"), communicating with you solely through the speaker using voiced instructions, music, or other noises. The variety of games was amazing, and I'm still in awe of how much it taught me, including all the countries of Europe and their anthems, every US president, the different parts of the body (with cool transparent pages showing each layer), the solar system (with Ms Frizzle), and a whole bunch of other things. I played with that thing quite a lot when I was young, and I rarely got bored with it. I still think it's superior to most educational software today.

    CharlesCharles7 päivää sitten
  • You need a haircut my friend!

    Christopher CoxChristopher Cox7 päivää sitten
  • We had this in the UK - I can't remember if our family our my cousin had it. It wasn't called a GeoSafari over here though, so I'm having trouble finding info about it.

    Bring On The BeerBring On The Beer7 päivää sitten
  • haha I still have one of those in storage.... slightly less yellowed than yours too xD

    GreyTrollGreyTroll7 päivää sitten
  • Elegance and flexibility aside, it’s hard to imagine a product that offers less educational value than this one.

    Nick GeorgopoulosNick Georgopoulos7 päivää sitten
  • 4 minutes in and I have no idea what it does

    Nick GeorgopoulosNick Georgopoulos7 päivää sitten
  • I think my geography teacher a few years ago had something like the geography version of that.

    Chason WChason W7 päivää sitten
  • I bet your retention graph where you caught your hand on your sleeve is like 250% cause I replayed it 5 times to try to see if you did.

    NerdtronicNerdtronic8 päivää sitten
  • Hi, You could do an explanational video about DVD camcorders. It would be a nice complement for the tape camcorders. I'm about to buy one secon-hand but I'm worried that recorded dvds will can't be played on a regular dvd player. Thanks, sorry for my broken english.

    Dezső KovácsDezső Kovács8 päivää sitten
  • I remember having a handheld game based on the same concept loooong ago. I don't remember if it was GeoSafari, just that it was purple, handheld and had GameBoy-esque soundfonts lol.

    Zero G DucksZero G Ducks8 päivää sitten
  • Sorry, I'll get right on finding you a replacement acorn. I have terrible impulse control. 😔🌰

    Daneel CayceDaneel Cayce8 päivää sitten
  • The first Honda electric car was called the Insight. There, saved you a Google.

    DominateEyeDominateEye8 päivää sitten
  • The only problem I have with all this... is that it hasn't been about technology _connections_ for a while now...

    Egon FreemanEgon Freeman8 päivää sitten
    • I used to love that “erasers or bubblegum” and wished it was gum, but knew it was erasers.

      bilinas minibilinas mini8 päivää sitten
  • "Good news! I didn't" -- now why would you go and break the suspense like that dawg? :D

    Egon FreemanEgon Freeman8 päivää sitten
    • instead. Thanks for the video!

      bilinas minibilinas mini8 päivää sitten
  • Do you consider uploading on LBRY too?

    Ondrej SakačiOndrej Sakači8 päivää sitten
  • In case no one else has piped up about this yet... It's very common to have extra bits of plastic in your injection molding that are intended to be re-melted later to hold down other things. I've seen this a lot for holding down PCBs in inexpensive products. I've personally never seen it for wires, like this product, but I digress. I do it with a soldering iron often enough but there are specialty tools that do this on modern production lines. I know this as "heat staking".

    Cameron TacklindCameron Tacklind8 päivää sitten
  • In fact, I did not notice. Side note, I enjoy these unscripted funny moments.

    NecerosNeceros8 päivää sitten
  • my cousin had one with purple buttons

    thatdankcatthatdankcat8 päivää sitten
  • I wish I knew how to program these, because it seems interesting.

    Michael LewisMichael Lewis9 päivää sitten
  • This reminds me of Alphie, another '80s beep-boop learning toy!

    Josh FredmanJosh Fredman9 päivää sitten
  • 6:00 These tones were used in the GeoSafari Animals PC software I had growing up. Hits me right in the nostalgia. Interesting to know they copied the same tones over.

    WolfHackWolfHack9 päivää sitten
  • That's all it does? I thought it was going to be like Lite Brite.

    Angry DoveAngry Dove9 päivää sitten
  • Love your content.. (I have been watching your older video.) I really love your intro from back then. Why did you stop using it?

    samcoincsamcoinc9 päivää sitten
    • it has a cool 80's feel to me...

      samcoincsamcoinc9 päivää sitten
  • Ah, nostalgia. Remember when it was more fun to take these things apart than to use them?

    bilishu alissbilishu aliss9 päivää sitten
    • Bot

      JJ8 päivää sitten
  • heat pumps, you say??? (O _ o)

    Travis IngramTravis Ingram9 päivää sitten
    • "digit". I can't help wondering if the game codes are some sort of PRNG seed + options bitfield (like number of choices), or an actual look-up table.

      bilishu alissbilishu aliss9 päivää sitten
  • My dad used to bring home an original one that his school had. The original was definitely for geography.

    Al RAl R9 päivää sitten
  • Idk if anyone’s told you this before, I’ve been watching your videos for a while, and it just hit me that you give me a lot of Stephen Fry vibes. You remind me of him a lot which is really great. Thanks for sharing all of this knowledge!

    Alan LopezAlan Lopez9 päivää sitten
  • 19:53 Did you not have a mirror you could use?

    Bacarra GonzalezBacarra Gonzalez9 päivää sitten
  • I've never heard of this device, myself, but it brought to mind an incredibly similar toy I had growing up. It was the "Little Talking Scholar" by VTech (there's a video about it here: The Internet says it's from 1989/1990. It basically served a similar purpose as the GeoSafari, but the game cards were *hole punched* to identify them when you slide them into the device! It also had a speaking voice (I still remember it saying "Yes, you are right! Find the answer to question two!" It was basically a laptop form factor. Where the "screen" would be was a place to insert the game cards. The "keyboard" was an array of color-coded buttons. It was a pretty ingenious device. I was fascinating by the punch card system, which is similar to your codes on the cards, except it used physical contacts to read out a number from the series of punches instead. Thanks for the video!

    Pamiiruq SorrellPamiiruq Sorrell10 päivää sitten
  • I used to love that “erasers or bubblegum” and wished it was gum, but knew it was erasers.

    bilinas minibilinas mini10 päivää sitten
    • Good job bot. You copied/pasted someone elses post

      JJ8 päivää sitten
  • Can you find a way to incorporate the Figaro into one of your videos? I watched Aging Wheels’ video on it, and I would love to see more.

    idk how to make a name helpidk how to make a name help10 päivää sitten
    • ‘Discriminating between properties’ got me 😂

      bilinas minibilinas mini10 päivää sitten
  • Any interest in a video on Water Softeners? I’ve been doing a little reading on the subject, and it seemed like the kind of thing that might appeal to you.

    XX10 päivää sitten
  • Use captions during the disassembly for the best fast-forward experience ⏩

    ClikClik10 päivää sitten
  • Degrees Celsius, not "metric degrees"

    Jason TangJason Tang10 päivää sitten
  • Love how he can't hold himself from laughing in the start, but he just talks through it instead.

    ClikClik10 päivää sitten
  • I found one of these (EI-8800) in a thrift store a few years ago, but it's boring beige, and I didn't find any cards with it. But around the same time I found... a "MathSafari" (EI-8400U)! It doesn't stand up, it just has a wide pop-out "foot", and it has a much more complicated custom LED display. And it's dark gray, with only 5 LEDs on each side of the card area. It also does not use a blob, it has an actual 8052 chip! (probably mask programmed) And one other thing, it has two 1/4" headphone jacks on either side.

    8bitwiz8bitwiz10 päivää sitten
  • You are quickly becoming my favorite FIworldr.

    Jeremy HanlineJeremy Hanline10 päivää sitten
  • Hi there! I have been watching your show for a while now with my teen and really enjoy it! The dishwasher episode was especially helpful! Can you do one about the "Clapper" sometime? Thanks!!

    Jody GrinbergJody Grinberg10 päivää sitten
  • Grandma : Happy Birthday!! ........ and NO..... this time don't buy you socks..... Birthday boy: Really!! ..... did you buy me a toy??!! ........ please don't tell me it's another golf video game.... Grandma : No.. no video game... and well yes!!..... I bought it at the toy store..... so it's a TOY!!! Birthday boy: YHEAYYYY.... Gimme.. gimme!! ......[unwrapping the paper]....... Grandma WTF%#&ck is this!!!!??

    Ramdileo. sysRamdileo. sys10 päivää sitten
  • I had totally forgotten about the GeoSafari, but as I heard the boops and beeps, it all came back, and I even anticipated the victory jingle. Thanks for reminding me of something special from my childhood. Keep up the good work!

    KetferaKetfera10 päivää sitten
  • I see that the LED boards have nine-wire connectors going to them, which implies they're multiplexed. I'm guessing 7 "segment" wires and 2 "digit" wires per board, which seems to be corroborated by the wiring on the board, where several of the wires to the LED boards seem to be common. This would also allow a pretty generic LED driver circuit to control both digits of the display, and the side LEDs as if they were 6 ordinary 7-segment displays. The green LEDs and annunciators may be addressed as an additional "digit". I can't help wondering if the game codes are some sort of PRNG seed + options bitfield (like number of choices), or an actual look-up table.

    John RehwinkelJohn Rehwinkel10 päivää sitten
  • I used to have one of these!

    Valiant KnightValiant Knight10 päivää sitten