Why did plasma TVs die

Technology that will soon be history: MP3 players, compact cameras, discs

Typewriters, slide projectors, cassette recorders and tube TVs have long been a thing of the past and are hard to come by. But many of the digital successors, which are currently still very popular, will soon only be available on the flea market. We show the technology that will no longer exist tomorrow.

It's not just analog technology that is noticeably dying out. Even the first types of digital devices have long since been hit: only a few people are familiar with minidisc players, ZIP floppy drives, PDAs and digital tape drives. Sometimes inflated prices were to blame, sometimes technical inadequacies.

Some of the dying device genera do not die a quick death. Just as tube monitors, tape recorders, VHS recorders and instant cameras that were long believed to be dead are still used, there will also be old devices in the future that will be used in many households. But they will no longer play a role in trade. And that means they will die out sooner or later. At the latest, our heirs will no longer be able to use them, and possibly no longer be able to serve them at all.

Compact cameras will disappear

The smartphone is proving to be a real serial killer for many of the technology that is still common today. A first victim is the MP3 player, which once sent cassette Walkman and Discman to the siding. Now the same fate overtakes him. Nobody who always carries their smartphone with them will miss an MP3 player as a standalone device. The sharp decline in sales makes it all too clear.

The digital camera is also facing difficult times. This does not affect all versions, but it does apply to those that do little or nothing better than smartphone cameras. This includes, for example, compact, simple digital cameras without a large optical zoom range. The cameras in modern smartphones have almost caught up with compact snaps in terms of image quality, and convenience wins out here too - if you always have your smartphone with you, you simply no longer need a compact camera for everyday photos.

The "suction cup navigation system" in the car is over

As a further device, the suction cup navigation system in the car will give way to the smartphone. Equipped with a charging cable and holder, the smartphone is simply better suited in many cases: With a SIM card and WLAN module, it offers significantly faster position detection and has a larger, more finely-resolved display. Hardly anyone with a large smartphone attaches great importance to a separate navigation system.

SLR cameras only for professionals?

The future of digital single-lens reflex cameras is also in danger. System cameras have long been contesting their market share because they are significantly lighter and easier to handle. Their image sensor, the crucial component in image quality, is on a par with the models with a movable mirror, and interchangeable lenses are also available.

Most likely, most of the photos taken with SLR cameras these days would not have gotten any worse with a system camera. Even if the SLR camera is still indispensable for professionals for a long time: It is quite possible that the system camera will displace the large relatives in private households.

The end of the disc is getting closer

And what about the CD? No chance. The CD player replaced the turntable as the Blu-ray Disc replaced the DVD. But our generation will probably be the last to use optical drives at all. The coming generation does not share our listening and viewing habits. Music and films are increasingly coming from the "cloud" - online storage via which the same content can be played from different devices.

The sales figures prove it: The music industry reports a rapid increase in music downloads, with the streaming market growing the fastest. The LP is experiencing a comeback, but at a very low level, vinyl accounts for just two percent of sales.

If you want to defy the trend, you may not save your music on the Internet, but on your home network. But soon no one will put a disc in the drive to listen to music or to watch a film.

Hard drives turn the last lap

The traditional hard drive is also a product with a dubious future. Smartphones and tablets have long been using flash memory, while modern notebooks have used SSDs. In comparison, hard drives are slow to snore and also more prone to failure. They are less suitable for notebooks because they consume more power and are sensitive to shock.

Storage cells are becoming cheaper and cheaper and are therefore being replaced by hard drives. Sooner or later, hard drives will only serve commercial purposes, for example as mass storage devices in data centers.

Building technology is also affected

Technology has long since found its way into the home. Due to the large number of old buildings, it is not the simple radiator thermostats that are on the sidelines, but the more modern version: The control units that are used in many underfloor heating systems are being replaced by smart home solutions. The latter are more convenient to use and can also be controlled remotely.

The list is not complete

The list of technology that future generations will only know from stories is of course constantly being updated. The best example are plasma televisions - no manufacturer still builds them, the last remnants are sold off here. As niche products for enthusiasts, some of the devices will continue to be available.

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