Future Shop celebrates 30 years of being 'Tech Forward' takes a historical look back

Oct 01, 2012, 06:59 ET from Future Shop

From October 5-7, Future Shop will have hot deals in every department, in-store and online

Announcement Highlights:

  1. Future Shop celebrates 30 years as Canada's industry leader in consumer electronics
  2. Future Shop showcases the hottest tech trends of today, and compares them to their old-school counterparts from the past three decades
  3. Future Shop announces a 30th anniversary sale and contest to commemorate this momentous milestone

BURNABY, BC, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Technology has come a long way in 30 years, and Future Shop has been there every step of the way. By continually providing consumers with the knowledge and products they need to stay on the edge of the technology evolution, Future Shop has become Canada's largest retailer, e-tailer and trusted source for consumer electronics. Future Shop is celebrating its 30th anniversary on October 5th by looking back at the hottest gadgets from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, to illustrate how far technology has come, and the impact it's had.

As one of the longest operating retail stores in Canada, Future Shop has grown from a one store operation in Vancouver, British Columbia, to more than 145 stores from coast to coast. During the 1980s, Future Shop grew quickly expanding operations into Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario and by 1990, Future Shop became Canada's largest electronics retailer.  Throughout the 1990s, Future Shop continued to expand into the remaining provinces. Today, Future Shop has more than 10,000 employees dedicated to providing customers with expert advice on consumer electronics, in-store and online.

To thank Canadians for their support over the past three decades, Future Shop is holding a 30th Anniversary Sale in-store and online from October 5-7. Canadians will get great deals on the latest electronics and appliances, in every department, in-store and online.

Also, beginning the weekend of October 5th, Future Shop will also hold "Flip it to Win" contest based on the classic "memory cards" game at Futureshop.ca/Flipit. Contestants can compete for the top spot on the online leader board and for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 worth of electronics or one of 12 secondary prizes. Customers can visit Future Shop locations or Futureshop.ca that weekend for more details on the sale and the contest.

Looking back to celebrate the future

Now, more than ever before, technology plays a vital role in everyone's lives.  Whether helping them stay organized, keeping them connected, providing entertainment or just making life easier, technology is everywhere. Future Shop has been at the forefront of technology, from the arrival of the cellular phone to the rise of smartphones, from the original Discman to MP3 players and from desktop computers to ultrabooks and tablets.

Today, Future Shop is open for business 24/7, thanks to Futureshop.ca and the arrival of transactional mobile apps and a mobile optimized website for easy viewing on any smartphone or tablet.

Future Shop has always been Canada's trusted source for consumer electronics. Below is a peek at some retro tech from the Future Shop vault, along with today's offering:

Home office
Past Present & Future
COMMODORE 64/1541 computer system

Introduced in 1982, the Commodore 64 was once the height of personal computing technology. With 8 bits and 64 kilobytes, this console could be found in techies' homes for the better part of the 80s and the early 90s.
HP ENVY 14" 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2467M Spectre Ultrabook

With new technology, computers have never been more portable or faster. With a multi-glass surface design and a whole lot of power behind it, the HP ENVY 14-3090 was born to perform. It comes equipped with 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor, 4GB system memory and 128GB solid state drive, for plenty of power, storage and speed. All of this in just under 2 kg.

WebID: 10195304
IBM ThinkPad 380ED

Introduced in 1997, the IBM ThinkPad 380 allowed users to use a computer on-the-go. Although portable, the IBM ThinkPad was still quite heavy and large compared to today's laptops. 
Samsung 7" 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 tablet with wi-fi

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 redefines what it means to be powerful and portable. With a brilliant 7" Gorilla Glass display and a robust Dual Core processor, it's ready to take on the best in digital entertainment alongside tough business tasks. Equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform enhanced by Samsung TouchWiz, users enjoy smooth and intuitive performance.

WebID: 10206559

Past Present & Future
TAVA record player

Many Canadians have record players like the TAVA still lying around in their basements. Once the finest in home audio systems, record players like this one played the LPs of Canadian's favourite musical talents.
Ion Profile Pro LP USB turntable

The ION Profile PRO series turntable lets audiophiles turn their vinyl collection into MP3s for any computer, MP3 player, or digital media player. It features a sleek, low-profile design finished in piano black. It also plays records on home stereos without a preamp.

WebID: 10141389
General Electric, 3-5283A, AM/FM stereo cassette music system

During the 80s and 90s, this portable AM/FM stereo and cassette player could often be seen on the shoulders of kids everywhere.
Synergi internet radio

The Synergi Internet Radio is the easiest way to enjoy the best commercial-free music plus sports, talk and comedy anywhere in the home or office. Users can enjoy their favourite commercial-free music, plus expert sports analysis, talk and entertainment throughout the home. It's easy to set up and easy to use - no computer required.

WebID: 10152605
Lloyd's AM/FM stereo, electronic clock and casette recorder

This Llyod's audio system included an AM/FM stereo, electronic clock and cassette player/recorder. It also featured a snooze/sleep touch sensor for those who wanted to catch a few more Zs.  
Marantz stereo receiver (SR4023)

In this feature-laden world of multi-channel sound, the SR4023 receiver is proof positive that Marantz hasn't forgotten its heritage of high quality stereo components. Here's a two-channel receiver that combines great sound with simple installation, extreme flexibility, and, most of all, the meticulous engineering that makes a Marantz a Marantz - and a remarkably affordable Marantz at that.

WebID: 10208552
Sony CD Walkman

The first Sony CD version of the Walkman, also called the Discman, was introduced in 1984 and has gone through many upgrades throughout the years including anti-skip technology. The CD Walkman is still produced today.
Sony Walkman 16GB 4.3" Touchscreen MP3 player with android - Black

The Android-powered Sony Walkman was designed for music lovers. Equipped with proprietary S-Master MX audio technology and powerful headphones, this Walkman offers a listening experience that's simply clearer, stronger, and more realistic. It also features a 4.3" touchscreen, HDMI, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, SensMe technology, and more.

WebID: 10196055

Home entertainment
Past Present & Future
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Introduced in 1983, The Nintendo Entertainment system was an 8-bit video game console that brought characters like Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong and Princess Peach into the living rooms of children and the young-at-heart around the world.
XBOX 360 250GB Kinect bundle

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary ways - no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing, and cheering. See a ball? Kick it. Control a HD movie with the wave of a hand. Wi-Fi is built-in for easier connection to the world of entertainment on Xbox LIVE, where HD movies and TV stream instantly.

WebID: 10157298
Original 1989 DMG-01 Nintendo Game Boy

The Nintendo Game Boy is an 8-bit, handheld video game system. The device was released in North America in 1989 and quickly became wildly popular, selling over 118 million worldwide.
Nintendo 3DS XL

The Nintendo 3DS XL puts a super-sized 3D experience in gamers hands, letting users enjoy amazing 3D gaming on the go. The top screen provides cool 3D visuals without the need for special glasses. With an ever-growing selection of games to choose from, users can enjoy an immersive experience anywhere they go.

WebID: 10195056
RCA black and white television

This RCA black and White TV brings back memories of getting up to change the channel and fiddling with the antenna for a clear picture.
Panasonic 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV (TCL55WT50)

The Panasonic TCL55WT50 Smart TV represents the apex of home theatre technology. This active 3D display produces an impressive Full HD 1080p resolution that brings high definition content to life. It also offers internet connectivity, giving access to all sorts of content.

WebID: 10198948
Past Present & Future
Motorola DynaTAC

Weighing in at a hefty 4.4 pounts, the Motorola DynaTAC was best known by Canadians as the "Zach Morris" phone from Saved by the Bell. Until its introduction in 1973, all phones were press-to-talk walkies. The DynaTAC introduced simultaneous talking and listening
Telus Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone
3 year agreement

Is it a smartphone? Is it a tablet? Or is it the best of both worlds? Either way, the Samsung Galaxy Note is an impressive piece of a hardware with LTE network capabilities, a massive 5.3" HD Super AMOLED screen and 1.5GHz dual core processor that's powered by Android. The Galaxy Note lets users carry their computer in their pocket.

WebID: 10193803

Past Present & Future
POLARIOD - Supercolor 635CL - Instant camera

Polaroid's instant cameras with self-developing film technology were introduced in 1948. The technology allowed users to snap pictures with almost no developing time required.
Canon PowerShot 12.1MP waterproof digital camera

The Canon PowerShot is designed to withstand the elements. It's waterproof to 33 feet, temperature resistant from -10°C to 40°C, shockproof up to 5 feet, equipped with GPS, and takes great photos and videos, even in low-light situations.

WebID: 10206095
Home appliances
Past Present & Future
Mr.Coffee 10 cup coffee brewer - Model CBS800

In the early 70s, Mr. Coffee changed the way the world enjoys their morning brew by introducing the automatic-drip home coffee maker.
Bosch Tassimo T55 brewer

The Tassimo T55 allows coffee lovers to stay in and bring the luxury coffee experience into their own home. It takes automatic brewing to new levels with its combination of special barcode technology, the MAVEA MAXTRA water filter system, as well as manual settings.

WebID: 10199090

Prices as of September 17, 2012. Prices subject to change.

About Future Shop
With 149 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000 technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca also hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration). 

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