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Retailer Catalogues Gadgets Facing Extinction In 2010

A prominent electronics retailer has catalogued some of the electronic items, including DVD players, Wii-motes, and fax machines, which may face the threat of extinction by the end of the next year.

One of the largest electronics retailers in Europe, Pixmania, has made a list of the top 10 “endangered technologies” that may enter into the history books by the end of 2010.

The company mentioned DVD players at the top of the list. This is simply because of the significant drop in the prices of rival Blu-ray format, as well as of the notable surge in movie streaming through computers and game consoles.

Fax machines could also see their extermination by the end of the next year, particularly owing to the rise of the use of smartphones as well as the advent of touchscreen technology that paved the way for enabling digital signatures.

Smartphones are to take the responsibility of a majority of technological extinctions slated for the next year, as in addition to impacting the utility of fax machines, these modern day devices are also set to send Sat Navs into an abominable lull.

Furthermore, the emergence of Microsoft’s Project Natal, and other motion sensing technologies of the likes, could further make the handheld ‘wands’, tagged as “Wii-motes”, gamers used for playing games disappear.

Other gadgets that made it to the Pixmania’s list include the landline phone, 3G laptop dongle, as well as the analogue TV.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.