Devices in your home that are becoming obsolete

home technology that will soon be obsolete security thumb
sepavo/123RF
Most Americans rely heavily on technology in their day-to-day lives. As of late, 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone of some kind, and 77 percent of us own a smartphone. This is a huge increase when compared to the 35 percent of Americans who owned a smartphone in 2011, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s not only cell phones that are fully integrated into our society, however. Tablets, wearable devices, smart home technology, home theater devices, and kitchen gadgets now feel like necessities for some Americans.

Many of the products and devices we used to see as necessities, like landlines and pagers, are now obsolete. And if you take an inventory of your home, you may be surprised to see how many older technologies you still own. Below are just a few examples, many of which will be obsolete in just a few years.

Basic alarm systems

home technology that will soon be obsolete 53327396  close up of woman entering code in security system

Do you have an alarm system that doesn’t display video or connect to your smartphone? While a basic keypad may be effective, it’s also becoming obsolete.

Many alarm systems now incorporate smart technology. Some of Xfinity’s security systems, for example, include touchscreen controllers, wireless keypads, and real-time text and email alerts, in addition to a wealth of other smart features. ADT, another popular security company, also provides options for those looking to control their security system using their smartphone.

Audio-only baby monitors

baby monitor

Smartphones have changed our purchasing habits. Some of us no longer need an alarm clock, because we have one on our phone. The same goes for cameras and video recorders.

Smartphones have also changed the way many parents monitor their children. Today, you can buy a baby monitor that allows you to see and hear your child using your smartphone. Some monitors even work without a smartphone, relying on built-in displays that allow you to see and hear your child from afar.

Audio-only monitors that utilize radio waves are quickly becoming the exception, instead of the norm. If you search Amazon for a baby monitor, you’ll see an abundance of audio and video options, but few audio-only monitors. In a few years, audio-only monitors will likely become obsolete.

Your lightbulbs

home technology that will soon be obsolete light bulb thumb

The government has been working to make our light bulbs more efficient for some time now. In 2007, the “Energy Independence and Security Act” required lightbulbs to use about 25-percent less energy. These days, however, we have several options to choose from when buying light bulbs, from incandescent bulbs to CFLs to LEDs. Pretty soon, inefficient bulbs will be phased out entirely, and our only option will be efficient bulbs like LEDs.

Deep fryers

oprahs favorite things of 2016 tech philips xl airfryer

More and more Americans are becoming conscious of their health. Between 2004 and 2014 alone, Americans reduced their carbonated drink intake by 14 percent, according to Beverage Digest. People are choosing diets like the paleo diet and various sugar-free diets as way to live a healthier lifestyle. With air fryers becoming readily available, deep fryers may soon be a thing of the past.

Basic or single-function appliances

home technology that will soon be obsolete to thumb

If you go online or enter the kitchen department of any retail store, you’ll notice how most small appliances are now multifunctional. A toaster oven may also serve as a convection oven, for instance, and a slow cooker may also moonlight as a steamer. As kitchen technology evolves and people look to make the most of their money, we will likely see more functionality out of each individual appliance.

Large appliances, like refrigerators and dishwashers, have also been incorporating additional functionality into their designs. The Samsung Family Hub has a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen, for instance, which allows you to manage your grocery list and connect with your family. GE’s connected dishwasher, another piece of futuristic tech, lets you monitor your dishwashing cycle remotely. The app will even alert you if anything goes wrong.

Appliances that lack smart capabilities and added functionality may not survive the next decade.

Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Thinking of buying an Instant Pot? Here's what you need to know

The Instant Pot is a powerful kitchen appliance that does everything from pressure cook to to slow cook to steam. Heck, you can even make yogurt in it. Here's all you need to know about the magic device.
Smart Home

GHSP makes a (back)splash with its touchscreen concept kitchen

One of the coolest concept kitchens from CES 2019 came from GHSP. It created a backsplash entirely made of touchscreens. That means the control panel for your kitchen is accessible no matter where you are.
Smart Home

This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster

The Amazon Alexa team has given Alexa a newscaster voice that improves the way she delivers the news and reads Wikipedia articles, making the smart assistant easier to understand.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Health & Fitness

In search of the fountain of youth, beauty companies turn to tech

Beauty tech is a fairly new concept, but at CES 2019, companies such as Olay, L’Oreal, and Neutrogena were fully embracing it with all kinds of gadgets that promise to give you glowing skin.
Smart Home

Ring security camera catches man licking the doorbell for hours

A family in Salinas, California had their Ring camera capture something pretty unexpected: a man licking the doorbell outside of their home for more than three hours. The incident took place around 5:00 a.m.
Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…
Smart Home

Airbnb says sorry to guest for how it dealt with undisclosed security camera

An Airbnb guest recently found a surveillance camera in his rental apartment that hadn't been properly disclosed in the listing. The firm admits its initial response to the guest's complaint was poor, but has since made amends.
Smart Home

The best smart locks on the market turn your smartphone into a key

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.