The world’s largest technical professional organization, IEEE, has compiled a list of the technical marvels which will disappear by the end of this year. The list is available in its entirety on IEEE’s 2013 Gadget Graveyard Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IEEE.org/app_433973530005121.
More than 1,700 IEEE members, engineers, engineering students, and CES attendees cast more than 25,000 votes, deciding which devices they think will bite the dust by year-end, and which will live on.
Ready? Here we go.
Gadgets for movies, television and music are most likely to “bite the dust” this year. Respondents voted that CD-ROMS (75 percent), radios (58 percent), MP3 players (55 percent), DVDs (53 percent), and cable boxes (51 percent) will enter the Gadget Graveyard by the end of 2013.
As Internet streaming services continue to rise in popularity, traditional media devices will likely be less relevant with consumers.
Desktop computers will live on – at least for another year. The computing power of tablets and smart phones has not reached a point where people are ready to give up their towers, with three out of five (62 percent) voters indicating desktops will not enter the Gadget Graveyard.
While many smart phones have the ability to take great pictures, provide directions from point A to B, and host apps that can lock the car, many voters aren’t ready to say goodbye to their single function devices. In fact, the majority of voters believe cameras (75 percent), car keys (60 percent) and GPS systems (58 percent) will survive another year.
Much as I’m happy to see cameras carrying on, this next one delights me: Despite the ever-growing availability of laptops and tablets, the majority of voters said spiral-bound notebooks will hang around (64 percent). Regardless how many students use laptops and tablets to take lecture notes, sometimes the “old-fashioned” way is still the best way to get things done, notes the organization
Other paper-based items, including printers (81 percent) and printed money (74 percent), also topped the list of gadgets least likely to die out in 2013.