Through the decades, innovations that were sure to stick around, have become obsolete in no time as something better, shinier, and brighter took their place. That still rings true in today’s world, as new innovations come and go, and some items are pretty much going to be a thing of the past in no time.
I remember when I got my first laptop home computer. I was in awe and so fascinated by the fact I owned one and thought to myself I will keep this forever. As fate would have it only four years later, I got my first laptop, and never looked back. Now, even laptops are not the number one choice for use these days, as the ever popular, and even more portable, tablets and cellphones will soon completely take over.
The fad of keyless entry, as is standard on vehicles these days, is slowly phasing out the common key. Even upper-end cars do not require keys, just that a provided card similar to a credit card be near the vehicle, and the operator can activate the ignition with the touch of a button. It is believed that in the not so distant future, we will have the use of fingerprints or facial recognition instead of keys. The fingerprint technology is currently available on specific models of cellphones, and the facial recognition on specific brands of tablets.
Although an estimated three percent of cars sold in 2016 had manual transmissions. Most car companies are making an effort to move away from offering a manual alternative. Audi is one that has stopped offering manual already, with other automakers now installing “semi-automatic” or “automated manual” type transmission, which will shift like a stick version but the onboard computer will handle the clutch action.
Although it is still estimated that each American home has at least three TVs, those much-used forms of entertainment may very soon become an item of the past. With top leading companies, such as Apple, working towards augmented and virtual realities will, in essence, make televisions pale by comparison. Because let’s be honest, why just watch a program, when you can feel as if you are in the scene yourself.
Gone of the days of items being made to last for decades. In an ever-evolving world, the tools and electronics we use continue to evolve as well. I am a firm believer of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But, today’s industry figures otherwise.