The GeoSafari Jr. was a cleverly flexible kid's game technology connections

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Technology Connections 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Some extra info! (and I'll edit this as we get more):
As predicted, we found the codes! And they're not exactly encoding the parameters, but seem to call up an assortment of pre-set games. The manual helps you figure out what code you'll need based on how many questions you want and the type of game, and then it tells you which spots to use on the card. It's both simpler and more complex than it seems!
On that note, I didn't call out that on the box it says "Compatible with all GeoSafari game packs" which suggests this literally is the same thing as the original geography game, but yellow. And honestly that's a nice selling point, as when your kids are older now they've got a geography game!
As you can tell, I like this thing. It's neat.

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The Olguins 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

5:46 Is the absolute best part – both the Gerald part and the beep boop beepity boopity

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Aidan Walker 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

This reminds me of a mid-to-late 90s toy I had as a kid – I've searched high and low for some hint of this toy's existence for years to no avail so I don't remember what it was called. It actually was made (and branded) by National Geographic and was designed to teach about animals. Like GeoSafari, it was made from yellow plastic. It was shaped a bit like a small boom box, with a flat slot on the front with lines of buttons on each side, and a holder full of cards on the back. I think each card was double-sided, and featured a picture of an animal – and its name. Along the sides were topics – "Habitat," "Size and Weight" things like that, and along the bottom edges were different patterns of punched holes, like old computer programming cards from the 80s and earlier. When you slid a card into the front slot, the buttons lined up with the topics. The machine would yell "Listen to my animals!" then say the name of the animal, and play the sound the animal made. Then you could push the buttons along the sides of the slot to learn facts about the animal coordinating with the topics. This is all really hard to describe in text, but I think the way it worked was probably basically the same as the GeoSafari, but with computer punch cards rather than digital codes. I loved it, and it would still groan "Liiiisstennnn to mmmmmyy animmmmallllllls" unprompted from my closet for many years, despite being turned off.

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Fireball XL-5 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Your hair looks much better in this slightly older video.

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tommy karrick 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Little did the creators know that they were laying the groundwork for an entire generation of children being raised by ipads

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AWildYamiEnters 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I believe I had one of these as a kid. Probably even made my parents crazy with all those beeps and boops. Lord knows I did with other electronics and stuff.

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webvidaddict 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Yo I have the GeoSafari globe from some time in the mid 90's

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a far out super hip swinging swing drum solo 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

The filler part was amazing 🙂

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Allen Slucher 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

TOTALLY played both the full size and the JR in elementary school!! I remember soooo many map based ones and dude, those sound effects literally trigger soooo many memories!!! I craaaaaaved winning and getting those reward LEDs n extra music Sooo crazy! I really did these so much, I loved them! Like once a month at least I remember a WW Carmen SanDiego one too!

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Daniel Stewart 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I think someone saw the word Geo and the shade of yellow and just made some assumptions.

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Barman 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

09:05 – that`s better way to learn one, than a labeling products as "Organic"

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Kester Moorhouse 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Nice video. The SEGA Pico is another old children’s edutainment tool with impressive hardware. Would be worthy of its own episode.

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D 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Eee I remember when Green LEDs becoming affordable on pocket money was a thing – and I always wanted a blue one!

I never did get a blue LED with a blue case which makes me sad.

But oh for the good old days of ingenuity!

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Samuel 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

When I was a kid, we had something very similar, but it was gray and also had two large buttons on each side for Jeopardy-style two player "slap the button first to answer" games. The thing I remember most about it, though, was that you did not have to enter the code for the card you used. Instead, at the base of the card, which slid into the device, were a series of holes which the device somehow read.

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Lígia Bonfanti 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I love it!

There was a similar game in my country in the late 80s, early 90s, the design and the games were little bit more modern (the game itself had the shape of a small computer or calculator, and the games came in books you could buy separately. There were even some Disney themed ones.) It also had some other types of games inside like a memory game for musical notes, but I guess the general mechanism was probably the same.

I never had one thou, it was kinda of expensive.

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j g 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Why do you dislike blue LEDs?

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Kiwi and Pixel the Parakeets 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Is the apostrophe on “kid’s” (in the title) supposed to be there?

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morthim 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

i remember getting the full version of this instead of a gameboy for christmas.

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Angel Bunny 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

0:38 you are missing the card.

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Walter L 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

These old electronic toys are very charming… part of it is probably just nostalgia, but the way it works is really, really interesting

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Daniel Dry 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I liked your Honda Insight joke

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Deconverted Man 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I somehow missed this episode.

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skunkcabbages 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Several months tardy to the party but been binge watching this channel and was like “we had one of those in our classroom” accept ours only had maps with it, tbh idk it could have been maps they made and had laminated custom I really don’t know if tit came with those maps if they ordered those maps or what

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Calen Williams 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I'm oooooold 🙁

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Carson George 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Extreme nostalgia…

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CuttinChops 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Wow, I remember mine. It was the white one with the maps cards. I remember loosing them about age 6/7. Age 8/9 I ripped mine apart for the LEDs (goldmine!) and speaker. Goal was IIRC for VU meters lol

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Qur13n 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

I had the geosafari world game with the rotating globe to reference and it asked trivia questions like where is Miami florida

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Nline2Blast 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

Im glad the future you figured that out because the present me was talking to the screen to past you letting know when the pasr me lernt it wont on no JR it was on the OG and it was all about places you could go!!!!

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Yenchey 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

It appears you forgot to put a card to your heat pump video up in the corner

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faction918 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

One little spark, of inspiration
Is at the heart, of all creation.

Right at the start, of everything that's new.

One little spark, lights up for you.

Imagination, imagination.

A dream, can be, a dream come true.

With just that spark, from me and you.

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RogueJyn 28/09/2021 - 6:01 PM

It's stupidly cold at -2. Me in North Dakota going to high-school in -20 degree Temps wearing sweatpants and a hoodie.

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