Inventions No Longer In Use
Inventions that have run their course.
- •TypewriterThe typewriter refers both to the machine and the writer. Very few are still used today.
- •MicroficheTaking photos of documents was the first kind of digital data.
- •PDAPersonal Digital Assistants were digital memos and notepads to keep agendas and dates handy.
- •PayphoneNo more stationary phones or collect calls. But what if you need to make a call and your phone is out of battery life?
- •VCRThe Videocassette Recorder, the original movie player before DVDs (Digital Versatile/Video Discs) came around. All those trips to Blockbuster were good times.
- •CDThe Compact Disc had it's time in the limelight of the 90s before digital music was on the rise. You can still find a Norah Jones CD at your local Starbucks. I still have my CD of Young MC's Stone Cold Rhymin'.
- •Floppy DiskThe grandfather of the thumb drive.
- •Vinyl RecordAgain, music went digital for the sake of space.
- •Fax MachineAnother scanner of images to send to the recipient. I can't remember ever using this over email.
- •Flip PhoneThe phone that flipped for convenience and didn't crack easily. Or so we tried to convince ourselves. Larry King is the last remaining user of a flip phone.
- •Vibrating Belt MachineIt's a real metabolism starter.
- •TV ChairsWaiting for the subway train or flight, you could pay 50 cents to watch half an hour of television.