Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Stuff that we ‘cell’dom use anymore

November 22, 2008

What is the most omnipresent, object in today’s modern world? That without which, human survival is nearly impossible? That which changes itself to suit our changing needs? Not God, not the air that we breathe, but that little ubiquitous thing that we carry in our handbags, trouser pockets or hang around our neck. Cell phones have not only become all pervasive in our lives but have also rendered many things obsolete and useless. As an example, mobile boarding passes received as text messages on cell phones are fast replacing paper boarding passes for airline travelers.

Wired lists five gadgets that were killed by the cell phone. These include PDA’s, cameras, Ultra Mobile PCs, home landline phones and MP3 players. Though one can argue the cell phone has not yet replaced the camera, the trend cannot be disputed. Here’s our list of items relegated to near obsolescence by the modern cell phone:

The Wrist Watch – Does anyone not trying to make a fashion statement wear these anymore?

The Alarm Clock – The alarm clock is possibly the most hated of modern conveniences and it’s time for it to wake up, unplug itself from the wall and drop itself in the trash.

The Calculator – A quick calculation on how much 15% discount on a $125 outfit works out to, or to find how much the restaurant bill will add up to; your cell phone is humbly waiting to serve you. Of course, geeky math and physics students may still need their special calculators, but for the rest of us, the cell phone works just fine.

Digital diaries & planners – Do people still buy these things? Enough said.

iPods – Okay, going out on a limb here, but the writing on the wall is clear. In fact, the new iPods look exactly like the iPhone. iPod and MP3 players’ days are numbered. With a slew of phones in the market, specially designed to hold thousands of song files and hundreds of websites with free songs, free photos and free MP3 ringtone downloads; will people really need a single function device like an iPod in the near future?

The last thing the cell phone has displaced is our ancient foe we used to call boredom.