Meet 10 Old Technologies and Their Current Replacements

by Kelvin

Floppy disk, brick cell phone, typewriter … hit longing? Check out the latest version of these and other older technologies.

If we stop to think, we are shocked at how fast technology advances. Several features used in our childhood, for example, today are old (and obsolete) technologies and have been replaced by something more modern and efficient. To kill the longing, we have gathered some of them in this text.


Before moving on to the list that can make you have several memories, it is good to define exactly what obsolescence is: something obsolete is that which is no longer useful. There are several types of obsolescence.

She can be scheduled (when the device is programmed to stop working within a certain period), perceptive (when the consumer is induced to switch to something more modern) or functional (When the object is replaced with something more modern, when it is no longer worth fixing it, or when you no longer find parts to repair. In this text, most of the obsolete technologies cited will be for functional reasons.

Floppy disk

If you have not met a floppy disk, that means you're still young. Basically, the floppy disks are the grandpa's USB and the memory cards and parents of the CD. They are square, magnetic plastic storage discs on the outside.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, the diskette had a size reduction from 8 to 3.5 inches and increased capacity from incredible 80KB to just over 5MB. It is also important to note that they were one of the first ways to transmit viruses. If you are a fan of movies, remember that there are several floppy disks on The net (The net, 1995), and it is through one of them that the character played by Sandra Bullock discovers that she is in trouble.

floppy old technologiesDiskette was once a widely used form of file storage (Image:

The succeeding version of the floppy disk has now fallen into disuse: the CD. Although they are still used a few times, newer computers do not have a CD and DVD player (as computers in the late 2000s no longer had a floppy disk player). The evolution of CD and DVD was the USB (either the flash drive or the external hard drive), which is already moving towards cloud replacement.

Typewriter (typewriter)

Depending on your age, it is quite possible that you have never had the pleasure (nor been angry) typing on a typewriter. The good part is that the logic of typing is the same as today's QWERTY keyboards, so it's not that different (just the feel).

By the way, some claim that the QWERTY keyboard is the most used because it was slower than the others, so it prevented the typewriter crashed a lot when the typist was too fast. Inheritance persists in today's computers and cell phones.

typewriter old technologiesTypewriter is one of the old technologies that is very vintage today. (Image:

It's hard to say that this obsolete technology is the mother of the computer because the typewriter was just for typing, while the computer always had a logical part behind it. However, we can say that it has become obsolete due to the use of the computer, which is more practical and easier. After all, have you ever thought about rewriting an entire page every time you type a wrong letter?

Discman, MPs, and iPod

O Discman it had its glory days in the late 1990s, with the rise of CDs. It was not very easy to carry in your pocket, but its size and weight were acceptable for carrying in the backpack. They lost place to the MPs.

discman old technologiesDiscman was a hit in the late 1990s (Image:

With respect to MPs, these aren't even that old and had their heyday in the 2000s. There were several versions of these gadgets that let you listen to music: MP3, MP4 and MP5. Many were connected to the computer via USB (cable or directly) and could be powered by batteries or rechargeable batteries.

The capacity of MPs it was increasing over time and it was possible to find from a few KB to a few GB. However, what was a sign of status was the tiny iPod of the Apple. He was the first small music player to hit the market and the last to go out of line.

ipod old technologiesiPods have also had their days of fame (Image:

Most of these handsets have been forgotten with the use of the smartphone, as it has become much easier to leave home with only the mobile (with many features) than many phones. For those who like obsolete or remembering technologies, you can still find some of these gadgets for sale if you pan the market.

Cassette tape

THE cassette tape It is a magnetic tape that was widely used to record audio. In fact, it has replaced a technology that is still much loved and very classic: the vinyl record. When one side of the tape ran out, you could change the side and continue listening. It was common to see tapes with 30 minutes of audio per side.

With a peak in the 1980s, the end of cassette tapes occurred in the early 2000s, when the CD era came. Today, with music streaming, smartphones and maybe still USB, nor the CD reigns anymore.

cassette tape old technologiesCassette tape is a classic among old technologies (Image:


Like the cassette, the VHS (Video Home System, consisted of magnetic tape recording, but for video and with many minutes of recording. It was very popular in the 80's and 90's and if you were a child of that time, you probably had a VHS with some little birthday party kept in some dark drawer for a few years.

The ESRs have been replaced by DVDs, which lasted until recently (perhaps some still do, but their days are numbered). USB and the cloud are the current substitutes for this technology.

VHS old technologiesA lot of people have had a VHS at home (Image:

Film camera

Camerass are still very common, especially professionals. However, a few years ago, the machines used in everyday situations were the basis of film.

The situation was a bit daunting: you couldn't see the photo (nor repeat the click as it currently does), the number of photos was counted and depended on the movie you purchased, and the quality was usually not good. Selfie then, no way.

In addition, it was possible to lose all photos if the movie had a problem (which was not uncommon). These are good justifications for the fact that today's adults don't like their (perhaps scary) childhood photos.

Old technologies movie cameraEach smile was a flash with film cameras. (Image:

The first roll film machine came around 1888. It was improved over time. Fortunately, photographic film had its days numbered when digital cameras arrived. However, the reign of digital did not last long (the amateur, since the professionals are still used). Cellular cameras quickly outnumbered machines, which became obsolete technologies.

Brick cell phone

The affectionately called “brick cell phone” is one of the classic obsolete technologies that once had its glory days. And guess what the basic functions were: making and receiving calls and text messages. That's right, no internet, no games, no calendar, no photo taking.

Of course, the quality of the call was not wonderful (and sometimes it was necessary to climb on the water tank / roof to complete the call and it was common to shout on the phone). Also, before evolving into the “brick”, that small cell phone with the Snake game, the brick didn't fit in the pocket (and it was the size of a brick itself).

cellphone brick old technologiesAmong the old technologies, brick phones are a classic (Image:

The brick cell phone, which can still be seen in rare appearances out there, was virtually unbreakable and envious of smartphones current ones that fall once and already break the screen. Also, typing text messages was almost sacrilegious, since you had to keep pressing the keys several times to get a letter (and you had to repeat everything when it went straight).

Television and monitors with cathode ray tube

Not so long ago that televisions and monitors with cathode ray tube They got out of line and it's not hard to find one out there. These are the “full” canvases that were part of the childhood of practically all those born before the 2000s.

cathode ray tube old technologiesIt's not difficult to find cathode ray tube televisions and monitors out there (Image:

These televisions were commercially launched in the 1920s and saw black and white become colors, literally. This beloved trick has been replaced by plasma, LED, 3D, ultra HD 4K, 8K, and more that update so fast it's hard to list.

The pagers they also had their glory days hung in the pants of a lot of people around in the 1980s and 1990s. They were affectionately called beeps (perhaps because of the noise they made) and served to convey a coded message from a scrapbook.

pager old technologiesPager is one of the old technologies that until recently was still used in Japan (Image:

For those who have not connected the dots, he is the father of SMS (and grandfather of WhatsApp?). Interestingly, until recently pagers were still somewhat common in Japan. Nowadays, even after SMS has fallen into disuse (although they still exist and are widely used by phone operators), the messaging services used on smartphones, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and the like, took their place.

Tamagotchi and Gameboy

Classic childhood icons of many people, the Tamagotchi it's the Gameboy they were fever at the hands of the children. O Tamagotchi It was a toy in which you needed to take care of a virtual pet, feeding it, bathing, cleaning the feces, giving affection and more.

Tamagotchi old technologiesTamagotchi was a fever in the early 2000s. (Image:

O GameboyOn the other hand, it was a portable console with several games. It has had several more modern updates. Both were very popular toys in the late 90's and early 2000's.

These toys have now given way to the smartphone, tablet, and some video games. For those who miss them, there are apps that allow you to relive childhood by playing with Tamagotchi and play the little games of Gameboy. In addition, the Tamagotchi was recently relaunched.

gameboy old technologiesGameboy was also very successful. (Image:

Did you miss these obsolete technologies? Which would you add to the list? Leave it in the comments below!

Sources: Interesting Engineering, CCBTechnology.