Technology that may disappear by 2020.

With the blazing swiftness and innovation in the tech industry, we may have to say goodbye to some of the technology that played a vital role in simplifying our day to day life for at least a decade. As smartphones today has replaced the low-end digital cameras and camcorders, Netflix and YouTube continue to upend the DVD and Blu-ray market, it’s obvious that the technology will look dramatically different in the near future.

Here are nine tech inventions we predict will get extinct by the next half-decade.

1.      USB Flash Drives.

With the time, we have seen the evolution of the auxiliary storage devices how rapidly they are getting better in terms of space and cost as shown In the figure below. USB Flash drives, who don’t know about it, we can see it everywhere, every pocket possess it but the study says Flash Drives are dying as the world speeds towards complete cloud connectivity. The reason is because basically everything is connected today. Homes, tablets, computers, many other things are going to be connected as well in the future. It's a connected world, and that's not going to need a flash drive. Today everyone has a smartphone and the preinstalled app like “Google Drive”, “Dropbox” and other free cloud storage services which allow to take a backup of the data in regular intervals automatically and can be retrieved later. Hence, they need not carry an extra hardware for the keeping the backups. 
Flash Drives, Pendrives are dying

2.      DVD Players

The children born till 90’s are well familiar with this tech product as every house then had CD/DVD player to enjoy the Blockbusters then but today they are just retained in the store room. YouTube, ChromeCast and Netflix supplanted this classic gadget of the era.

YouTube is a video-sharing website, which gives the privilege to everyone to share their content with the world for free. YouTube has become the second popular search engine after Google and about 100 hours of videos are uploaded every minute to its server. YouTube allows to streams the videos from 240p to 4K resolution depending on the bandwidth at the receiving end. YouTube also gives the liberty to choose the resolution according to user’s convenience.

Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favourite entertainment and apps right to the big screen. With Chromecast, your phone is your personalized remote control. You can use it to search and browse, play, pause, rewind, control the volume and even make playlists. While casting, you’re free to use your phone for other things.

Netflix is a top global movies and TV series streaming service introduced in America in the year 2007 and now operates in 190 countries. Netflix has over 75 million subscribers across the globe. Read more.

3.      Digital Cameras

We have a smartphone to thank for this one. To name a few Apple i-phone, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, having a cutting edge camera quality and unique sensors to the point that it has substituted low-end Digital Cameras and Camcorders.

In coming five years, camera companies like Nikon, Canon and Sony will have done away with their low-end camera lines and shifted their focus to the high-end DSLR’s, as the low-end market will have been completely subsumed by smartphones.

4.      Computer Keyboard

The keyboard is the basic input device that every one of us knows but yes, you can now imagine a computer without a keyboard. An application like Ok Google, Siri and Cortna is all set to confiscate the keyboard.
OkGoogle is an application through which you can use your voice on the android device or Chrome to do things like search, get directions, and create reminders.

Siri is a part of Apple Inc.'s operating systems.It uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. 

Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant created by Microsoft for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile. Cortana is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions.

5.      GPS

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Yes, ASPN a new innovation by DARPA is going to replace the GPS.

Advantages of DARPA over GPS
  • All Source Positioning and Navigation(ASPN)
  • More advanced Positioning
  • More reliable and accurate than GPS.
  • Can also track particular person and can be viewed in 3D.

How ASPN Works?
  • DARPA is developing sensors that “use signals of opportunity” such as television, radio, cell towers, satellites, and even lightning, for real-time tracking.
  • The ultimate goal is to develop a compact navigation system that could be given to soldiers, put on tanks or implemented in guidance systems. For that, the sensors and circuitry have to be shrunk down and designed to operate within a certain power consumption limit.

6.      Car Keys

One of the quickest and least discussed changes to happen over the last few years is the reduction of physical car keys and the introduction of smart keys in a number of new vehicles by manufacturers. Surprisingly, the move away from physical car keys happened without much of a fuss from consumers. With benefits like keyless entry, push to start, driver profiles and remote start, buyers of newer vehicles have enjoyed the benefits of the new smart system.
But as quickly as smart keys have come on the scene, smartphones may soon replace them. With apps like OnStar Remote Link offered by Chevrolet, which allows you to unlock and start your car with an app, the future of car keys may lie in an app store. Whether we stick with smart keys or move on to something more innovative in five years, you can be sure that the physical car key we have used for the last 70 or so years will be a thing of the past for new cars.

7.      SMS/MMS

SMS and MMS were the trending text messaging and multimedia sharing platform during the first decade of 21st century, everyone used this feature to its fullest till the smartphone arrived on the market. With the arrival of Smartphones equipped with the operating systems like Android, Windows and IOS rendered traditional text messaging SMS and MMS to obsolete. And now instant messaging apps on smartphones are ramping up. WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are the most favoured among the most of the Instant messaging apps.

8.      Television

Television (TV) was the main source of entertainment from 70’s till the first decade of 21st century. But now in the era of Android and iPads, members of the Millennial Generation are forgoing traditional television at a rate faster than ever before and prefers the net. The main reason behind it are. 
Firstly, the contents on TV are not controllable, meaning they cannot see contents of their choice but on the internet using apps they can watch anything they want and at any time. 

Secondly, the modern gadgets are portable and can be carried along in the pockets hence, they need not seat tirelessly in one place and watch it.

9.      ATM Machine

ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) great innovation of late 90’s which substituted the physical bank tellers is on its final walk. With the introduction of e-wallet apps or digital money services like Paytm, Apple pay, Android pay, Google Wallet, Pay U Money, ATM machines may gradually shut down by the coming half decade because today e-wallet and digital transaction are not only confined to huge sum transaction or for e-commerce transaction only but it is also being used in small retail outlets to pay for a very less amount, One can even pay for a sandwich or taxi fare using e-wallet.

Sital is a passionate blogger and engineering graduate who loves fact finding and writes about motivation, SEO, web development, technology, mobile and the Internet.

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