I have no issue admitting that I am a little bit of a packrat.  I am not a hoarder!  I am a PACKRAT!  I like to hang on to things that could be useful in the future, not garbage and old newspapers.  I have boxes of cables, manuals for stuff I have not owned in years, and old electronics.

A few weeks ago, while I was sorting through a box of stuff, I stumbled across a small zipped-up camera bag.  Even though it looked familiar, I had no idea what was in it.  I took the bag over to the table, unzipped the bag, and removed its contents.

It turns out the bag contained an old Cisco Flip camera.

Before every phone had a great camera, and a ton of onboard storage space, people would use digital video cameras.

According to Wikipedia, Flip cameras (named after the fact the USB port flipped out) were easy-to-use, high definition digital video cameras.  They had enough memory to record for between 1 and 2 hours and were powered by normal AA batteries.  The cameras were meant to be used by amateurs who wanted to film family events, children’s sporting events (or them in a school play), and dumb stunts you and your friends did.  Then, you’d use the USB port to transfer the video to your laptop.  From there, you could edit it and then upload it to YouTube, Facebook, or wherever.

First released in 2006, they were initially made by Pure Digital Technologies.  The company was purchased by Cisco Systems in 2009.  As the cameras in smartphones got better, the need for similar cameras decreased.  As the demand decreased, so did the price.  The cameras initially cost between $150 and $200.  Near the end, they were only $50 to $80.  Cisco discontinued the line in 2011.

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The really cool part of finding the camera was the fact that it contained OLD videos of my daughters.  I’ll post some of those at a later date.

Did you own one of these?  Do you still use it?

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