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Do you remember propeller planes?

The first time I got on an airplane, it was a prop plane. Or more fairly a pane that used a propeller, not a Jet. When I was a little kid, my mom flew us from Bloomington, Indiana, to Billy Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to see my grandparents. We then flew back on a propeller plane. Up and back on a plane that had propellers. In the remainder of my life, over 2 million miles flown on all airlines, from big and small airports I have flown on a prop plane a total of 5 times. That first trip, and then four more trips on Prop Planes. The most fun was my wife and I flying into Lanai airport on the island of Lanai for a week in Hawaii. But I also flew on a prop plane from New York to Ocean City, Maryland.

Propeller driven planes are fading. Jets have taken over. The same is true for several other technologies and things we used to use. Many professional photographers still use film in cameras, but they also have moved to have a digital camera. But the camera in and of itself as well is threatened now by the rise of the cell phone camera. This line of thinking got me wondering what has moved from the main market to a niche market product. The main market in the economic sense of that phrase means that what you are selling is something that most people would at lead say I might need that. Where a Niche product is something that people like me in the technology space say I might need that. Most people say I don’t need that.

The evolution of the market is interesting. The watch, if you look at watched in 1970 the majority of men and women wore watches by 2000 that wasn’t true anymore.  Watches were analog devices in the digital world. But now, the iWatch and the Samsung Gear, as well as other smart watches, have done something else. They have begun to rebuild the watch. At the same time, they have killed several products that were second screen products. (add ons that gave your cell two screens). All of this resulting in a shift the watch isn’t dead. I am going to put a few products in the poll let’s see what people think is dead or dying in terms of products we all know wand love.

Thanks for playing along, as always!

  • Question of

    Handheld GPS devices – are they dead/dying?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Digital cameras are they dead or dying?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Printers – are they dead or dying?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Scanners are they dead or dying?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    ATMs are they dead or dying?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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