Death of the gadget

5 Aug

Smartphones aren’t just useful, they’re murderously so.

Smartphone penetration (1 out of every 5 Canadians owns one) has been deadly for inventors and mad scientists.

Consider all the devices and gadgets that find themselves unnecessary and unloved on the store shelves these days:

  • Watches
  • BriefcasesWidescreen video watch
  • Maps
  • Video Cameras
  • GPS
  • iPods
  • Cameras
  • Voice Recorders
  • Phones
  • Radios
  • Portable video consoles
  • Calendars

Electric nose-hair trimmers are doing great business still however (good tip for all you husbands looking for that perfect gift!).


10 Responses to “Death of the gadget”

  1. tomhammarberg August 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm #


    We can probably cut a whole room from our housing requirements with that lot gone.

  2. Doug Brown August 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    – Pens
    – Notepads
    – Sticky notes
    – Relationships

    The list is endless.

  3. Dale Baglo August 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    One wobbly table leg too short fixing wedge.

  4. Doug Brown August 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    That wasn’t on Tom’s list?

  5. Dale Baglo August 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    But seriously… I don’t actually use mine as a phone very much.
    I use it for its:

    -guitar tuner
    -alarm clock
    -flashlight (in a pinch)
    -pedometer (Nike)
    -sextant (Navionics Marine)
    -synthesizer/drum machine (BeatMaker)
    -altimeter (Elevation Pro)

  6. Doug Brown August 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Holy crap Dale, that’s a heck of a list. Some great extras there. I predict these things are going to really take off.

  7. Catherine Novak (@NetscribeCath) August 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Just teach the mad scientists how to make apps!

  8. Sandy Ibrahim August 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Haha – relationships! It’s funny ’cause it’s true…

  9. Doug Brown August 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    > Catherine, the mad scientists want me to ask you if one can make an app out of test tubes, beakers and dry ice.

    > Sandy the only difference I can see is that relationships have a 7-year cycle, whereas you have to replace your smartphone every 18 months.

  10. hotshot bald cop August 28, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Do actually think this is true?

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