Time was memory cards were the ultimate gadget accessory. Mobile phones, digital cameras, video camcorders and more came alive with a large memory card and we filled them like they were going out of fashion. Well now they are. Yes cameras and video cameras aren't going to give up on expandable memory any time soon, but as Cisco has proved and as we have just discussed: both these sectors are already under threat.
The other major use is in handsets and here memory cards are slowly being ignored in favour of ever greater native storage. This comes partly due to NAND Flash memory prices coming down, but it is equally driven by practicality. Installing applications and saving data on something which can be removed from a device without warning makes software developers and phone manufacturers nervous. Android took nearly two years to support app installation on memory cards and app makers have been reticent to adopt it. Meanwhile iOS, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone have never allowed it. In fact Apple, HP and Microsoft don't provide microSD card slots on their handsets for customers to use.
Since this trend has only increased in recent years, despite memory cards getting ever cheaper and more capacious. With Cloud based storage also on the rise memory cards may ultimately be relegated to niche sectors.
Just bought a shiny new High Definition TV full of cutting edge features? Believe it or not, televisions will eventually be history. Their nemesis? Projectors.
The benefits are obvious: projectors are smaller, lighter and can produce an image of almost any size. The downfalls? They are expensive, don't work well in daylight, need to be positioned on the other side of the room and have high running costs. All this is changing.