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Unboxing is the unpacking of new products, especially high tech consumer products. The product's owner captures the process on video and later uploads it to the web. The term has been labeled a new form of "geek porn."
The oldest video on YouTube using the name "unboxing" is the opening of a boxed Nokia E61 smartphone, uploaded on 12 June 2006. There are, however, older videos on the site that show the same activity but using other names such as "opening", "unpacking"., "outpacking" or "out-of-the-boxing". Some videos, such as one dating from 1992, register the opening of a Panasonic Super VHS unit.
- Unboxing: The new geek porn, The Independent, 14 January 2009.
- Unboxing: the new geek porn, The Register, 8 December 2006.
- YouTube - unboxing, accessed on 5 May 2010.
- YouTube - opening (Science & Technology category), accessed on 6 May 2010.
- YouTube - unpacking, accessed on 6 May 2010.
- YouTube - Packing out the BOSCH PKS 40 Elektrohandkreissäge from 1987, accessed on 27 November 2013.
- 1992 Unboxing video
- Google Trends: unboxing, accessed on 5 May 2010.