New technologies come out all the time, and when they do we exchange our old tech with bigger and better gadgets. But what happens to the old tech? We often let them fade into history. A good example of this is the landline telephone. Some people still have them in their home but they are being replaced by cell phones. And it’s not difficult to imagine that in the very near future they will no longer be a household item.
So we thought we would focus on a few technologies that may be phased out soon. Some of these may even fade away in the next 10 years.
Fax Machines: Most people hate sending faxes; it is old technology. There was a time when it was cutting edge, but don’t be shocked if this is one technology that quickly ends up in the “do you remember this?” category.
Newspaper Classified Ads: The Huffington Post fairly recently listed newspaper classified ads as an endangered species. That’s essentially due to the online garage sale that is Craigslist. By giving people the opportunity to advertise their used futons for free, Craigslist supplied a fatal body blow to newspaper-classified sections across the nation.
Film-Based Cameras: Digital cameras have transformed the art of taking photos. Once venerable, Kodak has felt the impact of this revolution, and the company is no longer making cameras. Consumers like digital cameras because they can instantly print their photos, and they can dump photos that they don’t like without having to pay a cent. This has considerably decreased the lifespan of the traditional film-based camera.
The Calculator Watch: Remember when nerds everywhere wore calculator watches strapped to their wrists? There was no better way to calculate the tip on that burger and fries. PCWorld, though, recently listed the calculator watch on its list of the 40 biggest losers of obsolete technology. Blame both fashion sense and cell phones. Every cell phone today comes with its own calculator. And fashion sense? Well, those calculator watches never were that alluring.
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 earth.