Grid Studio turns the best retro gadgets into awesome wall art: the perfect tech gift

Old gadgets are beautiful and Grid Studio is the best way to show it off.

Designs, circuits, components. Each part combines to tell a compelling story of past gadgets and forms another stop on the map that you can follow to see how far we’ve come.

As the company motto goes: “Every classic deserves to be framed!” This is absolutely the case with old gadgets and Grid Studio is one of the best around. I got my hands on three frames of three of my favorite pieces of old technology, and spoke to Joe: the industrial designer and artist behind this company.

Who is GridStudio?

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You might have seen frames with disassembled gadgets on the walls of your favorite tech YouTubers, and chances are they’re all from Grid Studio, a company that’s been selling these frames since 2020.

We spoke to Joe, industrial designer and one of the three co-founders of this company to create one of the best gifts money can buy for any gadget fan.

“Grid Studio started as a hobby and its birth was completely accidental. One of our partners had the whim, after dismantling his equipment, hand painting and gluing the pieces on paper, and he finally made an incredible work of art!” Joe remembered.

“At first it was just a hobby, but we thought it should be shared with more people who also like it, so that’s when we started our business.”

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And of course, history writes itself: lots of attention from influencers and many gadget geeks like me getting a visual excuse to look back at the tech we’ve used so fondly. But we only see the beautiful end result. What’s going on behind the scenes, getting the parts and building them?

“Our devices are collected from resellers, repairers or certain retro collectors, it’s an interesting experience, especially with old devices like the iPhone 2G, it always takes a long time to search.”

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You notice it in the scarcity of these frames and the ever-increasing prices. These parts are increasingly difficult to find with the age of the gadget, which means more expensive production. And as for the future, Joe clearly knows where Grid Studio wants to go next.

“Currently we are obsessed with game controllers, we plan to work on Xbox, PS series, Switch series, NES and other devices.” It’s already well underway with the launch of a Dualshock 4 frame, so expect other controllers to get the same treatment soon.

The first iPhone: an iPod, a telephone and an Internet communicator

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Yes, there were smartphones before that. There were even models with touchscreens, but none started a revolution like the original iPhone. Seeing the parts laid bare in the GRID 1 frame like this shows just how far technology has come to the iPhone 13 Pro I have at the moment.

From the 3.5-inch TFT display with 320 x 480 resolution and 412 MHz ARM processor, to the 2MP camera that looks like a dot compared to the larger sensors we’re used to today, it was the start of a revolution in what we’re able to do on the road.

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At that time I was working in a phone shop and the purpose of any contract purchased was minutes and SMS. Nobody ever cared about the amount of data, because the idea of ​​Wireless Application Protocol networking (WAP for short: exactly what Cardi B’s song was about) was simply largely ignored. The Motorola RAZR had a web browser button that no one pressed.

However, everything changed with the iPhone, and now that I write about the best phone deals, the focus is always on how much data you get. It was a “leapfrog product” as Steve Jobs called it on stage in 2007.

Game Boy Pocket: Tetris, but smaller

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The Game Boy worked so the Game Boy Pocket could work. This much smaller iteration of Nintendo’s groundbreaking handheld gaming device packs the same 4.19MHz 8-bit processor, a 2.6-inch LCD display with 160 x 144 resolution (larger than the original Game Boy). original) and stereo sound through the 3.5mm headset. jack.

The downsizing resulted in a dramatic reduction in battery life from the standard Game Boy’s 30 hours to 10 hours in the pocket, as the smaller system supported 2 AAA batteries compared to 4 AA batteries from the original.

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But it was a small price to pay for the sheer portability of this model. Of course, comparing it to the all-in-one gaming devices we have in beastly smartphones like the RedMagic 7Going from a 4 MHz 8-bit processor in 1996 to a 3 GHz Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, you can see how quickly silicon development has increased pure power.

PSP: My favorite portable console

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My first love in gaming was PlayStation. My mother gave me the first console for my birthday and from that precise moment, I was conquered.

That doesn’t blind me to the whole industry; but everyone has their own gaming stories related to the consoles they grew up with. For me, it was mostly a Sony console, which always brought up a big question on my high school playground.

You’ve seen all the kids with Game Boys, showing off the fact that they can play games on the go. Would Sony give us a portable PlayStation? The answer, as you already know, was a resounding yes with the obviously named PlayStation Portable – namely the PSP 1000 for me.

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The 480 x 272 TFT display with 24-bit color is gorgeous, the 333 MHz MIPS R4000 processor provided plenty of power to run games at up to 60FPS, and the UMD multimedia format is as mesmerizing to watch as it is precariously little. reliable.

But the best bit? There were so many amazing games. These weren’t just straightforward PS2 game ports, but tailored portable experiences that made the most of the format. I even continued playing on mine until college – quitting games like the Nintendo 3DS, to continue playing games like Metal Gear Acid, Patapon, Daxter, Loco Roco, SOCOM, Persona 3 and Moreover.

For me, however, it ended in heartache – both for the loss of my PSP and for the fact that I left it with an ex-girlfriend and took the terrible decision that asking her back would cause more harm than good.

Conclusion

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As I mentioned earlier, Grid Studio frameworks don’t come cheap. With the ever-decreasing supply of official parts for these gadgets of yesteryear, the costs reflect this intense task of sourcing supplies that takes place behind the scenes of every frame.

At this moment, the Original GRID 1 iPhone Frame comes in at $399 after a steep $200 discount, with the stock set to drop at 7:00 a.m. PT on Feb. 28. PSP1000 frame is $50 off – up to $179, and the Game Boy pocket is $10 more to $189 after saving $40.

But for that price, you get something timeless: a visually stunning flashback to your childhood gadgets that will grab your attention while working and put a smile on your face.

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