Technology is developing at a fast pace, and the consumer world doesn’t wait around. It seems like there is a new product — some of them even invented by kids — every day. Phones become too old after a couple of years on the market; sometimes you can’t even buy devices that are compatible with them.
It wasn’t always like this. Older personal gadgets were around for decades. (Some of the oldest things on Earth still function today actually.) All of their functions are now combined in smartphones. In just a few years they have eliminated the use of the Walkman, the video recorder, and even the DVD player.
These, along with several other portable devices that were considered super cool and innovative, have been left behind. Products that once seemed like lifesavers are now effectively out of commission, collecting dust in your basement.
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of personal and portable devices that were popular two decades ago but hardly anyone uses anymore.