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.