Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Joel Katz

03 June 2022, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: A pair of reading glasses lies on a desk. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Pagers, typewriters, or video tapes; things go away because they become obsolete.

These obsolete items are products or technologies that are no longer in use or have been replaced by newer and more advanced versions. Examples of obsolete items include: VHS tapes and cassette tapes, which have been replaced by DVDs and digital media, CRT televisions and monitors have been replaced by LCD and LED displays, flip phones,  replaced by smartphones, film cameras replaced by digital cameras, typewriters replaced by computers, and landline telephones were replaced by mobile phones.

There are so many more examples of obsolete items which have little or no value and are discarded or recycled.

It’s never-ending with more items that will be obsolete in the future. Let‘s take a look at fifteen things that are predicted to go away within the next decade.

  • Key Fobs

    It’s just a matter of time before we’ll use our phones exclusively to operate everything and cars are one of them. Get the car, get the app.

    key fob

    The Ford Motor Co. logo is displayed on a key fob for a vehicle at a car dealership in Orland Park, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Auto sales in the U.S. probably took a big step back in September, setting the stage for hefty incentive spending by carmakers struggling to clear old models from dealers’ inventory. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

  • DVDs

    While we’re pretty close right now, the day will come when they’ll only offer digital copies of movies.


    Movie boxes at ‘Video-Film’ DVD and video rental store on Kalwaryjska Street, one of the last ones operating in Krakow as well in the country. Krakow, Poland on February 19, 2022. The company which was estabilished in 1991, has to close after 31 years at the market, due to high electricity and gas bills which increased with the beginning of the new year. Despite of the fading interest in movies’ rental since online streaming services business, the store managed to survive even during the coronavirus pandemic. However now with high inflation in Poland, in order to pay the bills, the owners started selling off their DVD, Blue-ray and video cassette collection, which lists more than twelve thousand titles. Customers started to help by buying films in the store or by ordering via the Internet. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

  • Greeting Cards

    I know it’s hard to imagine a world without cards for special occasions, but people are moving closer to a paperless world and it’s forecasted that birthday cards will eventually meet their demise.

    greeting cards

    Boston, MA – September 16: A collection of birthday cards with “over-the-hill” themes. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • Credit Cards

    We don’t really need them now with many of us using our smartphones to pay. I haven’t used a credit card to buy gas in over a year, you just activate the gas pump with the app.

    apple pay logo on phone

    CHINA – 2022/07/25: In this photo illustration, the mobile payment and digital wallet service by Apple, Apple Pay, logo is displayed on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • Passwords

    Nobody will be sad to see these things go. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and other keyboardless ways to log in will be the only way to go.

    netflix password screen

    Netflix sign in page displayed on a laptop sscreen and Netflix logo displayed on a phone screen are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on January 2, 2023. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

  • Keys

    Much like the fob, the key will go away. We’ll be using our phone or watch to unlock doors.


    (GERMANY OUT) Keys laying in grass (Photo by Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

  • Eye Glasses

    From glasses to contacts to laser surgery. In the near future, we’ll be able to use daily or weekly eye drops to correct our vision instantly.

    eye glasses

    03 June 2022, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: A pair of reading glasses lies on a desk. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)

  • Parking Meters

    We’re already parking and paying at kiosks, but very soon, we’ll be able to just park and be charged automatically based on an account connected to our license plate.

    parking meter

    Reading, PA – July 28: On the 200 block of North 9th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania where parking meters were recently installed Wednesday morning July 28, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

  • Chargers

    Our phones and laptops will be set up to automatically charge the same way a wifi signal is sent to our devices. Imagine that, your phone is constantly charging wherever you are, it’s coming.

    phones charging

    04 June 2022, Berlin: Numerous cables and chargers are plugged into a power strip while three smartphones are charging in the background. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images)

  • Hard drives

    Actually, we’re already there, everything is stored in the cloud for a fee. It will take time, however, for people to fully trust not having a backup they can see or hold.

    external hard drive

    Seagate miniature external hard drive atop a computer in Lafayette, California, January 20, 2022. Photo courtesy Tech Trends. (Photo by Gado/Getty Images)

  • Remote Controls

    There’s that phone again. Not only will you replace all of your remotes with your smartphone, but you’ll also be able to simply speak any command for anything you want to control. “Hey TV play Game of Thrones,” or “Hey blinds set to halfway,” or “Hey Thermostat set at 72 until 8 pm then change to 65”

    remote control

    17 January 2023, Saxony, Dresden: A woman changes the channel with the remote control while watching TV. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa (Photo by Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance via Getty Images)

  • Checks

    It’s hard to believe that we’re still writing checks. With apps like Venmo and many others there’s no reason to, and no worries about it getting lost in the mail.

    check cashing store

    NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: People walk by a check cashing store in the South Bronx on September 19, 2013 in New York City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report, over a quarter-million people in the South Bronx are living in poverty, making the 16th Congressional District the poorest in the nation. New Census Bureau numbers for all of New York City show that the poverty rate has risen to 21.2 percent in 2012, from 20.9 percent the year before. As New Yorkers prepare to vote for their next mayor following Michael Bloomberg, the Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has focused on the theme that New York has transformed into a “tale of two cities” under the Bloomberg administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Mail

    Speaking of mail, the daily delivery of bills, and junk mail will cease to exist, unless it’s digitally. While packages will still be delivered, the mail carrier will no longer be driving down your street.


    United States Postal Service mailbox in Streator, Illinois, United States, on October 15, 2022. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

  • Cable TV

    Many are already cutting cable, and eventually, each channel or streaming service will or already has its own app on your smart tv.

    cable worker

    Randy Groves, a Comcast Corp. field service technician, works on an overhead cable box during a residential cable installation in Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Comcast Corp.’s proposed merger with NBC Universal won approval from U.S. regulators, clearing the way for the largest U.S. cable company to combine with a national broadcaster. Photographer: Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images

  • Purple Highlighters

    Everyone has a preference when it comes to what color to use when highlighting words on paper. The purple highlighter is the least popular with dramatic declines in sales in recent years. With many complaining that its dark shade is too close to the ink of the printed words, experts predict that by the mid-2030’s purple highlighter manufacturing will cease.


    ILLUSTRATION – 23 January 2023, Bavaria, Munich: The word “solidarity surcharge” can be seen next to a calculator and a highlighter on a tax notice. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa (Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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