Retrotechtacular: Introducing the brand new Acorn Risc Machine

Get ready to be swept off your feet by this Acorn Risc Machine promotional video from the Mid-1980’s (also embedded after the jump). We’re sure most have put it together by now, but for those slower readers, this is the introduction of ARM processors.

The video has a bit of everything. There’s a deadpan narration with just a bit of British accent around the edges. But that’s spiced up considerably by the up-beat synthesizer track playing in the background. You’ll see plenty of programmers in short-sleeve dress shirts, and we challenge you to count the number of mustaches that make it on camera. But jest aside, it’s fun to think of how the advent of this chip affected the world.

This post is just the second installment of our Retrotechtacular series (here’s the inaugural post). We haven’t seen any old movies come in from readers yet. What are you waiting for? Digitize that footage because we want to see it! Of course it doesn’t have to be your own movies, so anything you come across that covers decades-old tech is fair game.

[via Adafruit]


  1. sureshotstudio says:

    more please! love it.

  2. Dued says:

    lold at the pronunciation of pixels, “pix-Ells”

  3. kernelcode says:

    Impressive performance, I’ve seen modern PCs which are far more sluggish than this looks in the video. Sometimes I wish I was 20 years younger!

    • qwerty says:

      Prepare to be amazed then.

      • bhtooefr says:

        Well, there were some Acorn demos, too, here’s an example:

        (I don’t have real hardware capable of running it, kinda hard to get here in the US. I do have a RiscPC – managed to find someone in the US that was selling theirs – but it crashed when I tried to run this demo, IIRC. So, I had to cap it using an emulator, and I didn’t do the greatest job of it.)

  4. Eirinn says:

    LOVE the music :’)

  5. Andrew says:

    I remember using one of these at school. Bleeding edge ;)

  6. bio says:

    wow! my 6502 now seams like a cave man! … i thought 8 bit was the latest and gratest D8 … BUT mark my words … the MOS Technology 6510 coming out will be the pennical of computing and ARM will NEVER hit off

    Now please everyone invest all your money in enron and rid of all your apple and google stock!

  7. BoKu says:

    I still have my Acorn and its working, its running Risc OS 5.1

  8. z0m8ied0g says:

    Good ol Arthur, god knows what Acorn were thinking with the colour scheme :)

  9. Peter says:

    And it connects easily to my Acorn Econet network!

  10. int21hex says:

    That was actually surprisingly informative.

    Need s’more ;D

  11. Kaela says:

    Are the podules still available? Wait, did I say that out loud?

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