With rumors circulating about upcoming Apple releases in anticipation of the Worldwide Developer's Conference next week, we can't help but think back to simpler times when options were limited and gadgets were bulkier. Old school tech may not be the most functional, by today's standards, but it still holds a special place in our memories.

Take Eugene Polley's Flash-Matic, for example. While it may not feature as many options as today's all-in-one remote controls, we're fascinated by how a "beam of magic light" changed the channel with a click of the trigger.

Polley, who passed away in May, introduced the world to the wonders of the first wireless remote control in the 1950s. A few years before his death, he claimed the Flash-Matic was "the greatest thing since the wheel," according to Yahoo News.

We've also got a soft spot in our hearts for other tech staples of the 19th and 20th centuries, most of which would be about as useful today as a Guttenberg printing press installed in your apartment.

Check out the gallery below to see the Flash-Matic and seven other old-school gadgets that make us nostalgic.

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  • Der Typhoon-Computer ca. 1950

  • Apple I

  • Floppy Disk-Disketten

  • Drehscheibentelefon

  • Sofortbildkamera

  • Schreibmaschine 1923

  • Walkman

  • Die erste Computermaus

  • Grammophon

  • Eines der ersten Handys 1973

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