Over the past decade, there have been some new innovations and advancements in the field of technology with the introduction of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. These new age gadgets have revolutionized our lives to a great extent and completely changed the way in which we communicate with the outside world. There are a couple of things that could drastically change and undergo a huge transformation over the coming years and new technologies may replace the old ones, making them obsolete. Here we have compiled a list of technologies that won’t exist by 2025.
10. GPS Units
GPS units allow for smooth and easy navigation along the roads by providing directions to reach your destination while driving your car. But with most smartphones having an inbuilt mechanism for GPS, the need for dedicated GPS may see a decline in the coming years. Besides, as the navigation apps on Google Maps begin to get smarter with advancement in technology, there could be further improvements. This may allow for better and effective integration with the personal assistant on the smartphone.
9. Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
With more advanced featured integrated into smartphone cameras, the use of point and shoot digital cameras will see a complete decline in the coming years. Smartphones that are expensive and come with plenty of features may be able to give you better pictures than your point and shoot digital cameras. For most smartphones, 8 to 12 megapixels cameras are fairly common and convenient to carry that can give high-resolution images. Probably, the only people who have a keen interest in photography might continue to still use DSLRs.
8. Remote Controls
Most of the electronic devices that we use currently can be operated and controlled using the remote control, including TV’s, garage doors, ceiling fans, vehicles and light fixtures. But that will soon vanish when voice commands will enable to control your gadgets while searching for your favorite TV shows, of surf through different channels. Probably, a stand alone dedicated device may not be required anymore in the future as speakers connected to the entertainment system or even your smartphone could give you the same results.
7. USB Flash Drives
There has been a rapid transformation with evolution in digital storage solutions, which have become smaller in size and have larger capacities. Over the years, technologies have been shrinking right from hard drives and then floppy disks further to rewritable CDs and DVDs and thumb drives to the modern ones that can virtually store multiple gigs of data as much as a hard drive. The increasing usage of cloud-based storage solutions that offer unlimited capacity along with zero physical space will see a complete decline of flash drives over the years. Companies such as Apple, Google and Dropbox are offering greater storage which is far more cost-effective and allow for data access from anywhere by having an Internet connection.
6. Credit Cards and Debit Cards
The growth of mobile payments has seen a surge of late with many businesses allowing for making payments for transactions without using a card. Google Wallet is one such cardless payment system that offers such services to its customers. The use of NFC (Near Field Communication) available on smartphones can be linked to services such as Paypal or Google Wallet. In the future, debit cards may also vanish as mobile payment platforms continue to gain more popularity among the customers. Mobile-based payments are encrypted which helps in ensuring the safety of your personal information including your account number and reduces the load of carrying cards in your wallet.
Keys have always been traditionally used for the purpose of physical security since decades but they may soon be replaced by smarter technologies. Swipe cards and keyless technologies are used in many commercial establishments including offices, hotels. But now there are more modern techniques being used such as biometric systems for authentication along with fingerprint access.
4. DVD and Blu-Ray Discs
Over the years, the way we gain access to movies has undergone a drastic change from cinema theaters to DVD’s now slowly becoming a thing of the past. With the introduction of hi-definition TV’s Blu Ray’s started gaining more popularity. But with the emergence of streaming technologies and services such as Netflix have started offering customers with a wide array of options for watching their favorite content. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets have made it more convenient for people to stream content using any of these devices.
3. Landline Phones
Landlines are becoming less common and over the years, their usage is already on a decline with mobile and smartphones replacing them completely. Smartphones already offer plenty of features that enable quick and easy communication via social media networks that landline connection is no longer considered a necessity. Except, in some places landlines are still required for accessing the Internet and as new technologies continue to evolve, they will soon replace the humble landline connection.
Passwords are already becoming less popular among people as most of them feel insecure to share their sensitive information with companies. There is an increased threat of passwords being lost due to hacking or the difficulty in remembering them every time. With companies such as Google working on new methods for signing into your account, without using your password, they may soon be replaced by smartphones that have advanced security features. Many smartphone manufacturers are trying to integrate features including retina scanners, fingerprint and biometric sensors that can allow users to sign in using a phone, with a password.
In the coming years, driving a car may become a thing of the past as self-driving cars using superior technology may become the new method of commuting from one place to the other.
Researchers have predicted that with the increase in driverless car technology, human driven cars will soon become obsolete in the coming future. Technology firms such as Google and Apple are already experimenting with self-driving cars.