November 7, 2011 | in Nanny
It seems like technologies have just exploded over the last 50 years. Computers have gone from being the size of a whole room to the size of your phone. Music has changed considerably just in my lifetime. Phones have gone from party lines being shared by neighbors to tiny cell phones that can be carried in your pocket. New technologies have made some things obsolete and our kids will never see them. Check out 10 technologies our kids will never see.
- 8-track tapes: I think you would be hard pressed to find an 8-track tape in this day and age. Maybe in some vintage shop or antique store. 8-tracks were actually the beginning to being able to listen to a particular song without having to move the needle on the record. You could switch from one track to another without having to fast forward through it. Cassettes, while smaller than 8-tracks actually went backwards a little here.
- Record player: Seems that music has improved faster than a lot of things over the years. Console record players used to be all the rage in the 70’s. They were huge. I guess a large part of their size was the built in speakers. If you could get over the hiss of the record and the occasional skipping they sounded pretty good. Back then we knew nothing else.
- Bag phones: Cell phones these days are mini computers that are the size of a credit card. The thought that people used to have to carry around a purse just for their cell phone because they were so big must seem ridiculous to kids today. There were no games on it. You were lucky that you could make a call and hear the person on the other end.
- PDA’s: Personal Digital Assistants were all the rage for a while and it seemed like everyone had one, but now that the iPhone 4s has a voice activated personal assistant I definitely think we have seen the last of the PDA’s. Even if you don’t have the latest iPhone any smart phone has the same functions as a PDA so why carry around duplicate technology.
- HD DVD: This DVD was supposed to be bigger and better than Blu-Ray. It wasn’t very successful and was quietly phased out. Blu-Ray has certainly made its mark. I foresee all DVD’s going to Blue Ray in the not too distant future.
- VCR: These are gone in a good many homes already with the advent of TIVO and DVR’s. Everything is going HD and digital. It’s certainly a lot easier to digitally record 4 different channels at once versus trying to find a tape to record on. Few of these remain, but will be gone in the next decade.
- Ringer washer: My grandmother had one of these that she still used in her kitchen when I was young. Unless they see one in a museum I think it’s safe to say that my kids will never see one and certainly never help to use one. Ringer washers were drug out and used in the kitchen. Water was heated on the stove and poured into the tub with the soap and clothes. I believe you plugged this in and it somehow agitated the clothes and then the clothes were fed between to rollers and hand cranked to get the water out. That was my job, turning the crank.
- Beeper: With the invention of cell phones it became pointless to have a beeper. Now that everyone texts each other you don’t even have to call to let someone know what you need. Voicemails even come equipped with the ability to just leave a phone number instead of a message. I’m pretty sure my kids will never see a beeper.
- Film: Cameras that actually use film are nearly a thing of the past. Kids are growing up in the digital age where you can take a picture and see it immediately. Heck kids are growing up with cameras on their phones that even shoot video. Gone are the days of waiting to pick up your film once it gets developed.
- Rotary phones attached to the wall: I grew up with our kitchen phone being attached to the wall. It had a long cord, but you were still attached to the wall so when the phone rang you could not take the phone to the person, the person had to come to the phone.
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