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'


  • 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, 2014 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.
    – Keneni
    May 21, 2014 at 20:22
  • Maybe "refurbish"?
    – miracle173
    May 21, 2014 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.
  • Thanks this is the word I was looking for. :) Sep 13, 2019 at 6:47

Try old technology revamped.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Revamped and amplified were the two that I was thinking before posting the question. But retrofit seems to have an extra edge.
    – Keneni
    May 21, 2014 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]


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
  • I like remodeled... but I want the word to have more power... something more dramatic...like a complete make-over
    – Keneni
    May 21, 2014 at 18:03
  • @Keni - added a couple more with oomph. May 21, 2014 at 18:51
  • I like 'Reconstructed'! Its got the oomph I was hunting for.
    – Keneni
    May 21, 2014 at 20:19

Try this: "Classic tech, reenvisioned."


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!!!

  • 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.
    – Keneni
    May 21, 2014 at 21:01

Novantique: both new and old through repair or imitation


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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