While new, groundbreaking technologies are often excitingly heralded as the most technologically advanced product ever to be made, it stands to reason that there are lots of forgotten technologies that failed to live up to their hype. However, there is a whole host of old technologies that have been updated and tweaked that still play a key role in day-to-day life, such as light bulbs, the telephone and medicines.
The modern world is technology crazy and while many of us techno-geeks wouldn’t be without our smartphone, iPad or Internet TV, it’s still fun to reminisce about the days where the dial-up modem, Dot Matrix Printout and cassettes were at the forefront of technology.
With these successes also came a number of notable technology failures that were unable to retain their stardom and either went out of fashion or were replaced with a more modern version. Popular culture is filled with a sense of nostalgia when it comes to technology, and while some are best forgotten about, others will always have a special place in our hearts.
Cue childhood memories filled with untangling phone cords and the tears shed at the death of the Sony Walkman…
With the likes of Edison and Da Vinci successfully securing their place in the history books for creating memorable technologies that have lasted the test of time, which technologies have sadly been forgotten about and which rightfully lost out to new gadgets?
The Evolution of Website Design
Old types of ClipArt have evolved tremendously in the world of website design, and visual design has reached new technological heights. Stock graphic companies are now offering highly sophisticated forms of videos and images, and a great example of this can be seen with the Dreamstime Stock Footage Photos.
Most Forgotten Storage Device
Floppy discs were once the only way to store data, but their introduction was relatively short-lived as companies realized they could create CD-R blanks for a lot less money.
Modern replacement: External hard drives boasting terabytes of memory space.
Most Forgotten Video Game
The Nintendo Gameboy was a revolutionary hit when it was released in the late 1980s, and it still remains one of those technologies that many 90s children will look back on even in the face of great modern releases such as the interactive Nintendo Wii.
Modern replacement: Too close to call between the PS3, Wii and the Xbox 360.
Most Forgotten Social Networking Site
MySpace was the king of the social networking world when it was initially released. However, with the release of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and the famous Twitter foursome of Glass, Stone, Williams and Dorsey, Anderson and DeWolfe’s MySpace is now used for nothing more than promoting struggling musicians.
Modern replacement: Facebook with its billion-plus users.
Other nostalgic technologies that are gone but never forgotten include Teddy Ruxpin, The Clapper, the SNES, answerphones and the pager. While the Commodore 64 might not be a match for the ball bearing, nothing beats the warmth of a little bit of nostalgia in the modern world.