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Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Early Siege Engines

  • Period of Use: 8th Century BCE to 1900s AD
  • Made Obsolete By: Modern Guns and The Airplane

When we reference “early siege engines,” we mean the type of weaponry an Armed Forces unit might use to breach the walls of a fortified area. This might include things like the simple ram, used to bash through doors. This also includes the use of projectiles, especially boulders/rocks as well as fire. The most unique might be arrows, both the regular-sized versions and the much larger type shot using Ballistae equipment. Catapults were also notable aides in all of this to send projectiles.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Eventually, we would see the use of other siege instruments on top of this, including more sophisticated models of earlier weaponry. However, while these might have been effective for a lot of things, they all became useless when planes came to pass. Now you could fly over places and drop bombs or use guns to bash through at a closer range. The warplanes effectively made early siege engines obsolete tech products that we truly don’t use much if at all anymore.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Disposable Cameras

  • Period of Use: 1970s to Present (some still use them but not as much since the mid-2010s)
  • Made Obsolete By: Improved Cameras on Smartphones, Normal Cameras Becoming Cheaper

Disposable Cameras are likely something even some of our children have seen because they do still exist. However, they are far less useful than they used to be. Initially, they were perfect due to being cheap and good enough to do the job, especially for vacations, weddings, or anything else you wanted to remember in picture form. You’d simply take pics until you ran out of any film to use, then go and get those pictures developed. You could usually do this at the store you bought the camera from.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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However, disposable cameras have truly become useless by this point. This is for quite a few reasons. The main one is that even though they have improved, many being digital, disposable cameras are nowhere near as good at taking images as your smartphone. In fact, you’re likely to get better pictures on your phone. People also like to add pics to their social media, which is just a few clicks on your phone but not with a camera. Adding these to the realm of obsolete tech products.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Moonlight Towers

  • Period of Use: Mid-1800s to Early 1900s
  • Made Obsolete By: Improved Street Lights, Flashlights, and Lights From Buildings

Moonlight Towers were pretty interesting for their time and were quite useful. Some like to call them the “light towers of the street” due to working similar to how lighthouses operated. Instead of warning ships in the water, they would shine light onto the street. This was a good way to see at night, especially in cities without any other source of light to use. Since they mostly operated in cities, residential areas were not usually affected by them.

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However, if one were to live in a city that had one, it could be a bit bothersome. Why did we stop using these Moonlight Towers? Simple, they became useless with improved street lights and eventually other light sources from buildings. Of course, street lights initially began by using fire to light a slow-burning candle inside. Today, they operate exclusively on electricity and come on with sensors. All of this is making Moonlight Towers obsolete tech products today.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Digital Optic Disc (DVD)

  • Period of Use: Early 2000s to Present (DVDs are still in use, just not nearly as much)
  • Made Obsolete By: BlueRays, Streaming Services

While DVDs are still in use today, they are not nearly as common as they used to be. In the early 2000s, they came along and replaced the VHS and VCR. They could be enhanced heavily whereas VHS had pretty much reached its limit. Discs could offer a better image, bringing true high-definition video. This was a huge change, making many decide to go toward these discs. On top of all of this, they took up less space than VHS. With all that was going right for them, what happened?

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Why are DVDs now a part of the realm of obsolete tech products? Simple, the invention of BlueRay. While BlueRay did not completely replace DVDs, they were able to make the video far better. Just as DVDs did with VHS, BlueRay did to DVDs. They came along and did the job better. Moreover, other newer things replaced DVDs such as streaming services. This could allow you to buy online, putting your purchased film on various services (like Vudu), removing the need for a disc at all.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Floppy Disks

  • Period of Use: 1960s to Early 2000s
  • Made Obsolete By: Compact Discs (CDs)

Floppy Disks were incredibly useful for early computers. While a version of these discs was used in some of the earlier computer models, the one we came to know was used for personal computers. How would you get new software or games on your computer? A floppy disk of course. They were also used as storage for numerous files you might have a need to save as well. They were invented by IBM and were incredibly useful for personal computers for a long time.

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Funny enough, these disks were not exactly floppy at all. However, they could appear that way if you shook them. What caused them to go extinct and join obsolete tech products on this list? Better technology. Compact Discs were more capable of handling the needs of the time. They stored more memory and offered a faster, more effective product. Video Games began to even use them to put massive files on too. Ultimately, the CD killed Floppy Disks.

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Incandescent Light Bulbs

  • Period of Use: Late 1800s to 2000s
  • Made Obsolete By: Fluorescent Light Bulbs, LEDs

Thomas Edison is the man responsible for the Incandescent Light Bulb. They were incredibly useful and gave us our initial rise in electricity. These bulbs were truly THE bulb to use for many years. We’d later find that they were not exactly the best thing for our homes or the environment. That led to the idea that we should try to improve upon them, which happened with fluorescent lamps, cold cathode lamps, and even LEDs.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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Incandescent light bulbs can technically still be found, but most places have no need to sell them any longer. The newer bulbs work better and longer, even offering more light. On top of this, some countries ordered a mandatory phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. Now, these bulbs are essentially obsolete tech products we have no need for. When there’s something better and comes at a similar or lower cost, how could we not blame places for getting rid of the incandescent model?

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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  • Period of Use: 1870s to 1990s
  • Made Obsolete By: Personal Computers/Laptops

The Typewriter was initially looked at as one of the best inventions in history. This was a great way for people to avoid having to be great hand writers, and effectively put together documents that looked great. It could also be copied far better than normal hand-written documents. Moreover, they looked more professional too. Your average writer or media member likely wrote on a typewriter every single day.

Obsolete Tech Products The World Has Already Forgotten
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What ended up killing the typewriter, thus putting it among the obsolete tech products on this list? We’ll give you one guess… computers, it was computers. You took too long. Of course, we’re mostly referencing personal computers that could be used at home or in office buildings. Typewriters simply could not compete. For years, they were great investments for people to make and entire businesses were based around them. Yet they dropped out