Palm Pilots / PDAs – before smartphones, people carried these around to take notes and keep track of appointments
iPod Classic. When I first saw these I was amazed that such a small device could fit so many songs – and the clickwheel was magic – it moves the navigation when you move your thumb around it how amazing is that!
VCRs. Back in the day you could put in a blank tape, and whatever you are watching on your TV be it your favorite movie or TV show, can be recorded onto your very own VHS tape. You can even schedule it to do that when you are at work or school. That’s amazing isn’t it? I don’t think DVDs or Blurays have that capability these days – at least not standard in those players
Sony Walkman.. before the Walkman came out, people listened to music at home through LPs and a record player. They could not carry that with them when they were outside. The Walkman changed music listening habits forever
Car Phones. Before cellphones, how else could you contact someone while you were driving?
Typewriters. Before computers, this is what people used to submit their homework.
Film Cameras. Before digital cameras, you had to take your film to a dark room to be developed. You had no way of previewing the image like you do now.
Portable DVD players. Replaced by iPads now.
Portable electronic dictionary. Replaced by smarphones now
Portable GPS. Also replaced by smartphones
Pagers – used to be all the rage in the 1990s
8 track tape – ask your father
The venerable floppy disk which has now just become the save icon on your menu bar
Record player.. this is not entirely obsolete but lets just say its now a *niche* item
Payphones.. replaced by cellphones now
Slide Ruler – replaced by calculators
Instant Messengers – replaced by mobile messengers now
all these technologies will be lost in time… like tears in the rain