Here are five tech products we predict will go the way of the dodo in the next half-decade.
It is amazing how quickly things, especially electronic things, change in today’s world. I can remember all the fury about moving to digital transmissions for television signals. There were many opponents to it when it was happening. But, as is the case for much of this type of progress now that it has happened we wonder why we waited so long. I am convinced that eventually the same thing will happen with Obamacare. We will look back on it and wonder why it took so long to make healthcare a right rather than a privilege. But that is for another post. So, let’s get on to the topic at hand.
For those of you who won’t be clicking on the source article here is the list of the five products:
1. Blu-ray/DVD players
2. Stand-alone in-car GPS units
3. Dial-up Internet
4. Low-end digital cameras
5. Car keys
DVD Players — It is amazing to me just how quickly video stores have come and gone from the landscape. I can remember waiting anxiously for a Blu-ray player to become affordable. It seemed like just yesterday. Even our little town had two video stores. One a franchise and another one a local. Two years ago they were both closed down.
I must admit that I only recently started using streaming video as a source for my television entertainment. The primary reason for that is up until that time I didn’t have an Internet connection capable of transmitting at the required speeds. Since I can now get up to about 3.0 mps and have a Rogu unit I can now watch what I want when I want.
Stand-Alone In-car GPS – When we bought our new HHR car in 2008 it came equipped with OnStar which is a dedicated GPS service. Even though the monthly service was somewhat expensive we quickly signed up. But now that almost every smartphone and tablet have GPS capabilities the OnStar service is now limited to emergency response only.
Dial-up Internet — Yes, Internet service of 20 mps or greater is available in most major cities but for almost 40% of us who live in the hinterland it is still for the most part primarily dial-up. Hopefully that will change in the future but without some guiding regulations it will be slow in happening. So this is the one on the list that I have doubts about
Low-end Digital Cameras — I think maybe I am a snob here but I consider anything other than a SLR camera a low end camera. Those times that I have had to rely on my iPhone camera I have been totally disappointed.
Car Keys — This is another one that surprised me. Many new car no longer have a physical key to start the engine. But when I think about it, it doesn’t really make any sense to use a key anymore given that there is just so much electronics in cars now.
Things change quickly don’t they? At least it seems so for us old-timers. I don’t want to admit that I am now one of them but….