Gadgets and Technologies that May be Gone in the Next Ten Years

When new technology is released, we snatch it up, and a month later we can’t envision what life was like without it. But what about the technology that it replaced? We tend to forget about it as it fades into history. For instance, the telephone: our phones today do so much and landlines are swiftly getting eliminated. Yes, many people still rely on them but it’s not difficult to envision a near future where they’ll be gone completely from households.

Here’s a glance at various other key pieces of technology that were once significant and are now on their way to becoming useless. In fact, many of these gizmos might become useless during the next 10 years.

Fax Machines: It seems like this should have been completely replaced by email a few years ago but it’s still hanging on. Most people can’t stand sending a fax now-a-days, but there was a time when this was groundbreaking.

Newspaper Classified Ads: The Huffington Post recently stated in an article that classifieds are on their way out. This is primarily due to websites like Craigslist. Sites such as this create huge forums for people to search classifieds all over the country and create their own for free. This may put the old-fashioned newspaper classified section out of commission.

Film-Based Cameras: It seems like film-based cameras are on their way out as well. People have a deep love for traditional film so it has taken a while for people to totally transition to digital. But with digital cameras, you can save all your pictures digitally and easily distribute them over the Internet without having to save negatives. Even Kodak has seen the effects of this change. There is no arguing that in general we are going to leave behind film-based cameras.

The Calculator Watch: In its short-lived life; the calculator watch was a well-loved item. It made it easy to always have a calculator handy when you needed one. When cell phones with built in calculators came into existence, the calculator watch went out the window. It’s pretty clear why PCWorld listed it as an obsolete technology.

The Video Arcade: This may come as a shock, but the video arcade may be on its way out as well. It’s a shame, because many gamers have fond memories of feeding quarters into Space Invaders or Donkey Kong at the local arcade. But these days, gamers have their systems in their homes and can play with people all over the globe.

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Posted on: 06.15.12