Gadget Graveyard: 10 Technologies About to Go Extinct

April 16th, 2009 by admin

typewriter

Looking back at the 20th century, it’s clear that even the biggest and baddest gadget sensations will one day fall victim to technological evolution.

As each year brings tinier, shinier toys, it’s easy to forget that not too long ago typewriters were the professional alternative to freehand, Walkmen ruled the portable-music market and extra-long phone cords would let you speak to friends while standing 10 feet away from the wall-mounted base.

Each of those marvels was a wonder of its time. Now each is obsolete, a once-outstanding advancement made laughable when compared to the contact-lens camera or Japan’s soon-to-be feasible moon-walking robot.

We don’t even realize something’s obsolete until we realize we haven’t seen it in a while — a floppy disk stashed in the back of a desk drawer, or an unused videocassette propping up a table.


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