Junk Worth Saving!


Pair of 2 Winkie Computer Friend Chips from1984 in brand new unopened packages. This was probably the first ever "wearable" digital product, and was produced by out of San Francisco by Lawrence Lin under his XTRONX brand. Lawrence also owned a big dance club downtown called DV8 that hosted shows by underground 1980s artists such as Divine and Lydia Lunch. Keith Haring was also involved for instance he created a poster that featured winkie-chip-headed characters drawn in his usual style! 

The creative packaging promises a host of fantastical functionality (see photos). Winkies can be worn as a pin, or as earrings (comes with a clasp), as a necklace charm.. get creative!  Each Winkie chip face has 1 red and 1 green LED light for the eyes. You can press a small contact button behind each of the LEDs to make it blink on or to turn it off, such that you can make either both eyes blink, or just one eye, or none. The blink buttons are sensitive and were positioned to get accidentally bumped as you wore it - perhaps the founding of this flirtatious feature sprung from the DV8 dance floor? 

Each order comes with 2 Winkies. Wear both or share one with a friend! The sealed packages are clean but a little warped, and some have minor price sticker wear. The packages contain old batteries that don't work so as a bonus we are throwing in 2 pairs of NEW batteries for them (please note the replacement battery brand you receive may be different than shown).

Pair of LED Winkie Computer Friend Chips by XTRONX

Estimated Value: $35.00