Products That Will Vanish After 10 Years
Useless Products After 10 Years – The whole universe is changing, actually expanding or changing its coordinates, as some people say. The classical ideas, traditions, cultures, and artifacts etc. are becoming obsolete. New, modern and somehow better items are taking place of their predecessors. Old ideas and superstitious beliefs are being falsified. While advanced equations of life are coming into actions. Most of these things take decades and sometimes centuries to be replaced by a better invention.
Here we are going to discuss 10 useless products after 10 years from now on, happening right in front of our eyes and being unnoticed.
So What Are These Future Useless Products?
1. Dial-Up Internet:
Being in service since the 1980s, dial-up internet was the first form of internet facility which was made public. It uses Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to create and connect via Internet Service Provider (ISP), conventional telephone line and a modem to establish an internet connection. Despite losing ground to Broadband internet it is still being in large numbers around the world. Only in the US, there are near about 1.8 million dial-up internet users. So, it seems that it would become a useless product after 10 years as most of the ISPs have quit signing up new dial-up subscribers.
2. Mail Collection Boxes:
According to statistics of 2016, the number of single piece mail (letters, cards, documents etc.) has plummeted down to 68% in the US and by 41% worldwide. So, this also has a wired connection to mailboxes. As the numbers of mails nowadays sent to and from are declining so is the case with “Idle” mailboxes, making it one of the useless products after 10 years.
3. Clutch Pedals
Clutch, in a simplest possible way we can that it connects the engine to the wheel. When you step on it, the connection between two of them breaks and in time this you can shift-up or down the gear as the car roll freely due to inertial force. Now, with the invent of self-shifting transmission cars or auto cars, the clutch system is vanishing from cars. Even the big giants like Toyota, Porsche, BMW etc. are planning to make the clutch system a history.
The automatic vehicles are performing better. Many Mazdas, BMWs, and some Mercedes score better mileage with an automatic than a stick-shift system. Looks like the drivers will have to order a car with a clutch system to have one in the future.
With the thrust of technology came credit cards, online shopping and banking systems. These systems provide an efficient and incredible alternative to cash and checkbooks. Checkbooks may also become one of the useless products after 10 years. In most of the European countries, the use of checks has become outmoded. Many business giants no longer accept checks. Across the US, check’s use has declined by more than 65% from 2000 to 2014, according to Federal Reserve. And 94% of consumers aged under 38 years bank online. And interestingly, nearly one-fifth of them have never written a physical check in their whole life, according to First Data’s Report.
5. Landline Telephones and Phone Booths
Smartphones offer a lot more than a typical telephone. They have internet, cameras, instant messaging features, games, music and much more. Smartphones have a full and colorful life in them (at least for the millennials). Many landline companies have started new ventures in cellular technologies. According to statista.com in 2017, 2.35 billion people have smartphones and this figure is likely to increase up-to 2.9 billion in the next three years worldwide.
Similarly, these smartphones have also made phone booths useless and space consumers. Which is why the renowned red phone booths of London are being converted to offices, as they are considered heritage of London.
6. Fax Machines
Fax machines require a telephone line to work. As mentioned above, with landline telephones being outdated the fax machines are also becoming obsolete. Fax machines require more time to send documents and can only send and receive one document at a time. The cost for the maintenance and working of a fax machine is a little higher than an internet connection, a printer, and scanner.
But as a matter of fact, fax machines aren’t very old and are not in much hurry to retire. As some office workers say that it is easier for them to stick a paper into the machine and then dial the receiver’s phone number as compared to email sending procedure; which includes scanning the document and then attaching them in the email. Withal, the smartphone’s new apps still pose a major threat to the service life of a fax machine.
Why would you keep your copy of GTA Vice City or of A Good Day to Die Hard around if you can save a game unto a USB stick or external hard drive? That’s what technology is all about. As the Google and Microsoft offer unlimited online storage on affordable costs, why will someone not use such facilities? This also the eases the procedure of sharing data with someone like in a seminar or a conference.
8. Network Televisions
Once, the only source of home entertainment is also now on the decline. The Internet has once again played its hand with the network television. Revenues to the TVs are dramatically down. People are watching shows on YouTube, movies on NetFlix and looking for news on social media and other online news services. Streaming services like sling let you watch TV in real time – why wouldn’t turn the TVs off?
9. Yellow Pages
Google Maps is the best alternative to it. Google provides the phone number and the address of the desired person. Yellow pages were once “necessary” for a tourist or a stranger in a new city or country. But, now no ones left behind without a smartphone in his or her hand, making life easier! Hence, yellow pages are proved to be o the list of useless products after 10 years.
10) Personal Files/Books
Some years ago, politician, managers, military officers and bankers most of the time were seen with huge piles of papers and documents in their assistant’s hands. These days the assistants are seen with a little bit of relief on their faces; thanks to the computer hard drives, USB sticks, and cloud storages. This makes the files more secure, shareable, and editable. By the end of this decade, digital formats for tablets and e-readers will display physical books for assigned reading on college campuses. This will also reduce the number of books printed in hard copies saving a lot of timber. This will be obviously beneficial for the publishers and readers.
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