The rate that technology keeps jumping forward is nothing short of incredible. Just two decades ago, many people had a camera, video recorder, mobile phone, MP3 player, radio, and GPS system. Now, modern smartphones have all of these components built into each device.
Because of these massive technological leaps, a number of devices may soon fall by the wayside, and far quicker than you may think. Let’s take a look at a few gadgets that will soon be thrown on the scrapheap.
Compact digital cameras
Because most smartphones now come with an 8 to 12-megapixel camera on board, the old point and click digital camera is under serious threat. In fact, many people now just rely on their smartphones to take pictures when they are on holiday. It really is far more convenient as well. Another advantage of smartphones is that they are able to record HD quality video.
Of course, more expensive, high-quality digital cameras will still be the domain of press photographers around the world. They deliver the best quality photos time and time again.
Really? We’re not going to need remote controls in the future? Yes, probably in the next couple of years in fact. Already your smartphone can be used to operate your television, with various apps that actually take over from remote controls. This could soon branch out into other areas including ceiling fans, lights, our vehicles and garage doors. Some may take a little longer than others to develop, but remote controls are definitely on the way out.
Does anyone use these anymore? Well perhaps at the office, but very few people have landline phones at home. With almost everyone using a mobile phone, there is no real need for them anyway. Actually, it’s not just mobile phones making them obsolete. Think Skype, Google Hangouts or other VoIP services. These only rely on data and can do so much more than a landline phone can. In fact, most people who do have a landline phone probably never even use them or had to opt to take one as part of a special deal from their telephone operators. Landline phones are on the way out, and soon!
When they first started arriving on the market, people wondered how they ever coped without a GPS system. This was especially true for people who spent days in their cars. Here you had a system that meant you never needed to get lost again! Unfortunately, handheld GPS systems are soon to be a thing of the past? Why, well firstly every smartphone has its own GPS system, making use of a variety of navigation apps such as Google or Apple Maps. Secondly, many vehicles are now built with on board GPS systems. This used to be something only found on executive models, but more and more affordable cars are coming out with this option.
Since the advent of the mobile phone, the alarm clocks days have been numbered. Even early models of mobile phones had a built-in alarm and these quickly became the way we started to wake ourselves up in the morning. Not only that but grabbing your phone next to your bed to check the time during the night was a simple thing to do as well. It certainly beat switching on the light to have a look at your alarm clock!