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I am trying to present on a new technology/system that is based off something old... I am struggling to have a catchy title. I want to say something along the lines of:

'the old-technology upgraded'


'old-technology with a face-lift'


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I modified the title to make it a bit more clear, please let me know if it is ok for you also. – ermanen May 21 '14 at 14:41
yes I saw it. It works! Thanks – Keni May 21 '14 at 14:41
I think in this case, it would be a missed opportunity to not put some humour into the presentation. Depending on the crowd something like 'taking off the old-technology's training bra!', and even the face-lift example isn't bad. Humour is a very important part of keeping the audience engaged. – Cruncher May 21 '14 at 18:21
@Cruncher - I agree. Humor is essential especially in a technical presentation. The title, intro and conclusion need to be able to capture and entertain people enough to have them awake. – Keni May 21 '14 at 20:22
Maybe "refurbish"? – miracle173 May 21 '14 at 20:50
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Consider retrofitted.


  • To substitute new or modernized parts or systems for older equipment
  • To provide (a jet, automobile, computer, or factory, for example) with parts, devices, or equipment not in existence or available at the time of original manufacture.
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Try old technology revamped.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Revamped and amplified were the two that I was thinking before posting the question. But retrofit seems to have an extra edge. – Keni May 21 '14 at 21:03

For the specific instance you're asking about, you may want something less specific and more flashy. Perhaps reimagining.

... the reimagining of [old technology type]

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I would take a common term used in a lot of industries and use it for your case since it seems to fit well.


change the structure or form of (something, especially a building, policy, or procedure).

Also the following might work:

  • modernized
  • reconstructed
  • rebuilt
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I like remodeled... but I want the word to have more power... something more dramatic...like a complete make-over – Keni May 21 '14 at 18:03
@Keni - added a couple more with oomph. – RyeɃreḁd May 21 '14 at 18:51
I like 'Reconstructed'! Its got the oomph I was hunting for. – Keni May 21 '14 at 20:19

I would consider 'refurbished' if that makes sense in your context.

Also, it's common to hear about automobiles and the like being 'restored.' The connotation here is that it is put back to its original spec and not usually enhanced.

One might also consider 'two point oh' (2.0), which would signify it's the next generation of such a technology.

Behold! The Acme Toothbrush 2.0! It's revolutionary!!!

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I am trying to say that the new technology is a new and improved version of the old one. Refurbished or restored doesn't have the effect I am looking for. – Keni May 21 '14 at 21:01

Novantique: both new and old through repair or imitation

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Why not a neologism, such as nuvo-classic?

Or you could go for a tongue-in-cheek oxymoron like up-to-dated.

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Try this: "Classic tech, reenvisioned."

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