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Flashback Friday: The ICC-500

by Gina 10/09/2009

1967. Twig-like models took over fashion, paper clothing emerged, the summer of love was coined. To add up all these amazing life moments in 1967, you could simply turn on your Sony SOBAX ICC-500.

Titled “SOBAX” this device was considered Sony’s first personal computing unit. It stood for “Solid State Abacus” and marketed as a portable electronics calculator. This nifty gadget could calculate process complex calculations quickly and easily.

1967. Twig-like models took over fashion, paper clothing emerged, the summer of love was coined. To add up all these amazing life moments in 1967, you could simply turn on your Sony SOBAX ICC-500.

Titled “SOBAX” this device was considered Sony’s first personal computing unit. It stood for “Solid State Abacus” and marketed as a portable electronics calculator. This nifty gadget could calculate process complex calculations quickly and easily.

Although eventually phased out to make way for better, stronger, faster computing devices by Sony – the SOBAX left its mark as the first of its kind to include features such as founding, percentage calculations, floating decimals, etc.
So with better software and powerful computers, we’ve now gotten the luxury of spending less time calculating and more time relaxing. Why, because the SOBAX ICC-500 helped pave the way and because…It’s Flashback Friday.
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  1. Steven C Demanett wrote: October 10, 2009 7:03pm

    WOW!
    Portable indeed! =)

    Love these posts, keep on pioneering Sony!

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  2. Gina wrote: October 11, 2009 5:53pm

    Hi Steven. LOL. Glad you like Flashback Fridays! I always get a kick out of the vintage gadgets. Thanks for posting. -Gina (Blog Editor)

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    1. Anthony R. Nieves wrote: October 3, 2013 12:30pm

      I actually own this Sobax. It works perfectly, and is in great condition. I am looking to sell it! Let me know if interested in buying!

      Reply

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