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Poll: Which technology will be next to become obsolete?
  • 16.1% - Blu-ray 372
  • 11.9% - Wristwatches 275
  • 3.3% - Local storage 75
  • 2.6% - Gas powered cars 61
  • 44% - Standalone GPS navigation systems 1016
  • 20.1% - Cable Television 463
  • 2% - Something else (comments) 45
2307 votes

Well, how do you fare compared to the Zeitgeist? Chat up your fellow wooters and let us know how lame this poll was or what obvious choices we missed. For example: Was this poll a) STUPID, b) DUMB, c) POINTLESS or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE?

myrddinemrys


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Umm, wristwatches are already obsolete...

Plex49


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myrddinemrys wrote:Umm, wristwatches are already obsolete...



Well said.

bnbsouthworth


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I voted for GPS, but I'm still holding onto my Garmin, affectionately named Lola. It lets me do more than the phone-based apps (detours, favorites, etc), does not need wifi, and is not crippled by dead-zones.

And yes, I still wear a wristwatch. I do not wear my phone, and I want to know what time it is without being so obvious/rude about it.

01sio


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Buggy whips. Mark my words, we will all be hitting our horses with tasers or microwaves by AD 2020.

metagg


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Blu Ray didn't even stick around long enough for me to watch a dozen discs. Most the movies I watch now are streamed in "Super HD".

niwegenke


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myrddinemrys wrote:Umm, wristwatches are already obsolete...



Haha came to the discussion to say that exact line.

glamontagne


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niwegenke wrote:Haha came to the discussion to say that exact line.



Yeah me too. I haven't worn a wristwatch in at least 5 years, if not longer.

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RKett


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bnbsouthworth wrote:I voted for GPS, but I'm still holding onto my Garmin, affectionately named Lola. It lets me do more than the phone-based apps (detours, favorites, etc), does not need wifi, and is not crippled by dead-zones.

And yes, I still wear a wristwatch. I do not wear my phone, and I want to know what time it is without being so obvious/rude about it.



Do you think we can't see you look at your wrist? Being rude about it is up to the person, not the device.

Phillystyle


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glamontagne wrote:Yeah me too. I haven't worn a wristwatch in at least 5 years, if not longer.



Yeah me too...too. ;o)

cole103


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bnbsouthworth wrote:I voted for GPS, but I'm still holding onto my Garmin, affectionately named Lola. It lets me do more than the phone-based apps (detours, favorites, etc), does not need wifi, and is not crippled by dead-zones.

And yes, I still wear a wristwatch. I do not wear my phone, and I want to know what time it is without being so obvious/rude about it.



Wow---exactly what I thought, but I named my Garmin Lucy...wristwatch...phone...and I'm a Southworth, too!!! Weird!!!

dynamiclynk


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Blu-ray will be obsolete when I have fiber access to my home.

shaloupam


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myrddinemrys wrote:Umm, wristwatches are already obsolete...



Wristwatches will be around for a while. Ladies have their jewelry, men have their watches. My husband is a watch fiend. He has 17 and wears them all, but luckily not at the same time. ;)

eblessman


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My Garmin (also called Lola) is used all of the time. It is so much faster and accurate than my phone that it keeps itself relevant.
I still wear watches. Even if I don't strictly need them.
I don't have cable TV so I don't care.
Blue-ray, 4K is right around the corner. It will be left in the dust.

shoulda2


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Definitely Blu-Ray.

Wristwatches are great when you are diving/swimming/sports, or for fashion when getting dressed up for events (as a guy or a gal).

GPS in cars (didn't say in the question) as far as stand alone systems definitely will slow to a halt, but GPS on fishing boats, aircraft etc are going to thrive.

robertwooddellweaver


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shaloupam wrote:Wristwatches will be around for a while. Ladies have their jewelry, men have their watches.



The cheap timex is on its way out, granted. There is a use case still as a part of the wearable computing thing. I'm wearing a watch, but its an ABC watch. But in any event, it is helpful to have time display (and other sensor/computing display, really) that doesn't require a pocket.

Pebble anyone?

torturegarden


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Wristwatches will never be obsolete. I wear one very day even though I don;t need to. It's more a fashion/personal statement and less about knowing what time it is. Also, I feel naked when I don;t have a watch on. It's like a part of me is missing, kind of like phantom limb syndrome. I will wear a watch until the day I die or someone chops my arms off, whichever happens I'm tryin' to think, but nuthin' happens.

sparklecoogs


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I, too, used to think wristwatches were obsolete, until I started coaching soccer. Now I wouldn't dare coach without wearing a watch. It's also made me realize they are more convenient (and far less obvious) than phones for checking the time. So I have to agree with some of the others that wristwatches will never be obsolete.

hosesplus


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I think many of you wootheads don't understand the meaning of "obsolete". It does NOT mean that you, yourself, no longer use something. It means no longer in use or no longer useful, like they no longer make or sell them. Watches are used daily by many millions of people as are landlines and pay-phones. Poor people are getting more cell phones so yes, pay-phones are slowly becoming obsolete but they will be around for a while. And land lines are becoming rare among the youth but old people love them. And watches(at least expensive ones) are actually going UP in price because of the demand. The earth rotates around the sun.....not you.

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Marichele


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hosesplus wrote:I think many of you wootheads don't understand the meaning of "obsolete". It does NOT mean that you, yourself, no longer use something. It means no longer in use or no longer useful, like they no longer make or sell them. Watches are used daily by many millions of people as are landlines and pay-phones. Poor people are getting more cell phones so yes, pay-phones are slowly becoming obsolete but they will be around for a while. And land lines are becoming rare among the youth but old people love them. And watches(at least expensive ones) are actually going UP in price because of the demand. The earth rotates around the sun.....not you.



Yes, some obsolete things I remember: 8 in Floppy, 5.25 floppy and 3.5 floppy, leaded gasoline.

Oh, and I wear a watch everyday. I hate it when people check their phones for the time, so much TIME wasted.

Marichele

glamontagne


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hosesplus wrote:I think many of you wootheads don't understand the meaning of "obsolete". It does NOT mean that you, yourself, no longer use something. It means no longer in use or no longer useful, like they no longer make or sell them. Watches are used daily by many millions of people as are landlines and pay-phones. Poor people are getting more cell phones so yes, pay-phones are slowly becoming obsolete but they will be around for a while. And land lines are becoming rare among the youth but old people love them. And watches(at least expensive ones) are actually going UP in price because of the demand. The earth rotates around the sun.....not you.



Just so you know, the small city that I live in does not have a single pay phone. They were all removed 5 years ago by the new local phone carrier due to lack of use.

As far as wrist watches go, they have gradually been replaced with cell phones. In my office, the only ones who still use them are nurses, because they need to check pulse rates of the patients.

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One thing is for sure. Whatever it is, we'll see a lot of them on Woot!

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curtisuxor


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hosesplus wrote:I think many of you wootheads don't understand the meaning of "obsolete". It does NOT mean that you, yourself, no longer use something. It means no longer in use or no longer useful, like they no longer make or sell them. Watches are used daily by many millions of people as are landlines and pay-phones. Poor people are getting more cell phones so yes, pay-phones are slowly becoming obsolete but they will be around for a while. And land lines are becoming rare among the youth but old people love them. And watches(at least expensive ones) are actually going UP in price because of the demand. The earth rotates around the sun.....not you.



If one were to use the logic that "obsolete" items still in use in any capacity prevents said item from being obsolete, name a technology that is actually "obsolete"? Literally all technology is used in some fashion in the present-day. According to your logic, 1 person touching an abacus prevents it from being obsolete.

The fact is that wristwatches, for all intents and purposes (1. allowing the individual to accurately tell the time of day; 2. tracking the passage of time between one event and another,) are obsolete because they have been replaced by cellular phones. Cellular devices are now capable of doing both functions in a more efficient and superior way than wristwatches. If there is one example of obsolete technology to represent the meaning of "obsolete", it's the wristwatch.

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