Electronics giant Toshiba (originally known as Tokyo Shibaura) announced their stereo Walky shortly after Sony’s release of the original TPS-L2 Walkman. The stereo Walky surpassed the offerings of the Walkman by its unique radio built into a cassette shaped case. One could pop this radio module into their Walky to catch FM or remove it to play cassettes. The gimmick lasted a few years until competing models arrived with built-in AM/FM tuning. In 1986, Toshiba offered the first personal stereos with digital tuning (the same year they introduced the world’s first laptop computer).