Tech products can easily go from popular must-haves to nostalgic remember-whens before we ever realize it. Check out these 10 ridiculous tech products that were once those must-haves.
MyCleanPC – or any other paid for service to clean your computer. There are free downloads that will quickly clean up your PC and plenty of online guides on how to get your computer running like new.
GPS for vehicles – Since smart phones have GPS features, GPS for vehicles have become obsolete except for in rare circumstances. GPS devices for vehicles still cost between $100 – $200 and if left in an unoccupied vehicle, entice opportunists to break into your vehicle.
E-readers – With the evolution of the tablet, dedicated e-readers are a waste of money. A tablet which costs the same, or slightly more, will often be more powerful and even offers an app market in which the user can download an eReading app for free.
Hit Clips – CD players and mp3 players quickly replaced Hit Clips and for a very good reason. Hit Clips could only play one song at a time and each song was sold separately. Additionally, Hit Clips only offered a very limited variety of music that only appealed to the younger generation at the time.
Tamagotchi – Tamagotchis were once massively popular toys in which a child could look after a digital pet known as a Tamagotchi. While popularity has dwindled, nostalgic Tamagotchi fans can now opt for the phone app instead of the handheld toy.
Tekno – Tekno and all of the spin offs were meant to ride on the success of Furby but the children’s toys were cheap and their entertainment was limited. They were a poor substitute to a real pet.
Floppy disks – Once useful, floppy disks have become obsolete due to USB and other sturdier portable devices.
Virtual Boy – Virtual Boy was one of the first 3D gaming experiences. However, Virtual Boy was limited to game play in only black and red and forced gamers to sit or stand in awkward positions that became uncomfortable during game play.
The DVD Rewinder – Yes, you read that correctly. It may be a novelty item but there really is a such thing as a DVD rewinder and it is no surprise that it made this list. They purport to save you from pesky rewind fees.
Encarta Encyclopedia – During its heyday, the Encarta Encyclopedia was a great substitute for going to the library for research, should Encarta actually have information on the subject that you were researching. The internet replaced Encarta quickly as no disk was required for use and information was updated more frequently and therefore more accurate.