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Saturday, April 5, 2014

21. Technologies That Will Become Obsolete In The Near Future – Part 1

What are technologies will become obsolete in the near future say in the next 10-20 years? Here’s some thoughts. This part 1 of a 2 part post.

A. Landline (or Home) Phones - We haven’t had a landline in 3.5 years or so. Assuming a cost of $35 a month for 42 months we’ve saved $1470.00 by not having a landline. Sure there’s resistance to giving up the landline by some but eventually it will not be cost effective as cell phone plans become more and more affordable to the consumer. 

B. Fax Machines - It is my opinion that eventually electronic signatures will make fax machines obsolete. At the very least the fax machine will evolve with technology.

C. DVD/CD Drives on Computers – Sure we love to play our DVD’s and CD’s on our computers. But many laptops (Read Apple products) no longer carry the DVD/CD drive. Instead this will be an outdated add-on that manufacturers will offer.

D. BlueRay DVD and Standard DVD’s Players – This will be a thing of the past. With streaming media through Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and such this technology will slowly but surely die out.

E. CD’s – The compact disc days are numbered and will join it’s predecessors like the 8-track and cassette tapes as a technology of the past. With the introduction of iTunes and mp3’s the music industry will continue to limp along.

F. Low-End Digital Cameras - Digital cameras are being replaced by smartphone cameras. I believe that serious photographers will keep the market alive for Cannon Rebel and Sony SLR type cameras. The introduction of the 8 megapixel cameras on the iPhone 4 in 2010 pretty much signaled the end of the under $200 digital camera.

G. Newspapers - I think with the online and social media community growing this will be a thing of the past. Many newspapers offer online services already and we’ll see a growing trend towards this end.

H. Movie Rental Stores - read Blockbuster and other brick & mortar rental places... These were very popular in the 1980's, 1990's, and even in the early 2000's... Too hard to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Redbox in my opinion.

Do you agree with the above list? What pieces of everyday technology do you feel will become obsolete in the near future – or at least during your lifetime? Leave a comment!


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