The Atari 1200 XL. A portable cassette player. These things might sound retro now, but they looked pretty cool to anyone who was thumbing through what Wired calls: The Amazing and Ridiculous Tech From a 30-Year-Old Sears Catalog.

+ Back then, many of us were still watching re-runs of a show about a bionic man. Today, those bionic body parts are a reality.

+ A researcher controlled another person’s brain over the Internet. (I’ve been doing that to my Twitter followers for years.)