12/02/2014 09:50 GMT | Updated 12/02/2014 09:59 GMT

11 Gadgets From The 1980s You'd Totally Forgotten About

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A vintage Nintendo NES controller photographed on a glass table, surrounded by bowls of snacks, taken on July 9, 2013. (Photo by Philip Sowels/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

The 1980s was a beautiful decade for gadgets and technology.

Video games made their first mainstream assault on the home. Mobile phones and the Compact Disc promised to reinvent our world, and even laptops went from being a science fiction dream to an actual reality.

Alas, amongst the big innovations and famous devices, there was also a sub class of of gadgets which seemed to promise a revolution -- but eventually were destined to fade into obscurity.

Here are the 11 gadgets we miss most from the 1980s which - if we're honest - we'd totally forgotten about.