New technologies appear all the time, and when they do we swap our old tech with bigger and better gadgets. But what happens to the old tech? We have a tendency to let them fade into history. An illustration of this this is the landline telephone. Some people still have them in their home but they are being replaced by cell phones. And it’s easy to imagine that in the near future they’ll no longer be a household item.
Here’s a peek at various other key pieces of technology that were once important and are now on their way to becoming outdated. In fact, many of these gizmos might become obsolete during the next 10 years.
Fax Machines: It seems like this should have been completely replaced by email some time ago but it’s still hanging on. Most people dread sending a fax now-a-days, but there was a time when this was revolutionary.
Newspaper Classified Ads: The Huffington Post fairly recently listed newspaper classified ads as an endangered species. That’s largely 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: It seems like film-based cameras are on their way out as well. People have a deep love for classic film so it has taken a while for people to completely 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 generally we are going to bid farewell to 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 apparent why PCWorld listed it as an obsolete technology.
The Video Arcade: The video arcade could be dying as well. Older gamers remember hoarding quarters so they could later feed them into Pac-Man and Space Invaders consoles at their hometown malls. Those times are gone, though. Gamers today prefer experiencing their video adventures from the convenience of their own homes.
The Guide to VoIP by Fusion Technology Solutions LLC
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