5 Common Things That Will Be Dead In 5 Years
According to a piece in TIME, there are five pieces of technology that will soon be as endangered as the most fragile of species.
2013 was the last year expected to be a growth year for the product. From hear on out, shrinksville. Experts blame one thing only... Netflix. The same thing that killed Blockbuster. Netflix is the iTunes of movies on demand. Soon your Blu-Ray/DVD player will be as useless as your VCR.
Stand Alone GPS Units
Since iPhones and Android smartphones have access to mapping systems and cars are being manufacturing with built-in gps systems, things like your TomTom will be the thing of yardsales. They may still have a limited market for boating and other outdoor activities, but not for cars. I personally like mine because I can mount it on my windshield unlike my phone. Then again, I still had a typewriter in 1999.
Dial Up Internet
It's already deceased you say? Think again. 3 percent of Americans are still using dial up. Think about that. That's 9 million people. That's the entire population of New Jersey. But within 5 years, it's history.
Lower End Digital Cameras
Just like gps units, digital cameras that cost $200 and under will soon be extinct because of smartphones. Cell phone camera technology took a huge step forward with the iPhone 4 and it upped the ante for perfecting cameras in all cell phones to come.
What? Yes, car keys. In five years. No more car keys. Physical car keys have been quietly going away, replaced by smart keys. Keyless entry, push to start, driver profiles, and remote start are rendering physical car keys a relic. And soon the smart keys themselves may well be replaced by smartphone apps.