Low technology comes in several distinct varieties:
Basic digital watches & clocks
Fishing rod and tackle
Hand tools for farming
Manual cash registers
Manual water pumps
Mechanical gumball machines
Mechanical watches & clocks
Natural materials for construction
Open fire cooking
Paintings and drawings
Passive solar heating
Pen & paper
Vintage electronic keyboards
Vintage game consoles
Retro TechnologyCertain old technologies may become collectables by enthusiasts driven by a sense of nostalgia and history. In some cases, retro technology is valued because it has features or quality that have been forgotten by new technology. Retro technologies may also be valued because they lack features that users find annoying or intrusive. For example, users may prefer tools that aren't connected to the internet out of a sense of privacy and security.
DIYLow technology is valued by do-it-yourself enthusiasts as it is easier to modify and extend. For example, a car with a low-tech engine is easier to repair and modify in a home garage.
HandmadeLow technology is a common business model that seeks to standout in a crowded marketplace by producing things using traditional methods such as handmade techniques.
Traditional ItemsTraditional arts, crafts and products may lose their value and significance if modernized.
Slow MovementThe slow movement is the idea that faster and cheaper isn't always better. It tends to be associated with low-tech methods such as traditional methods of agriculture and production.
Passive DesignPassive design is a category of tools and approaches that use no energy. In some cases, passive design is low tech.
Reverse InnovationTaking existing technologies and making them less expense, simpler, maintainable and repairable in order to solve problems in developing nations.
SubcultureSubcultures that prefer low technology such as a music scene that revolves around collecting vinyl records.
|Overview: Low Technology
Technology that is significantly less complex, sophisticated or advanced than the state of the art.
CollectablesUnique featuresLack of unwanted featuresEasier to modifyPreservation of traditionSpecial requirements such as durability
Also Known As
low tech, lo-tech