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Is the age of gadgets coming to an end? John Iadarola and Brett Erlich discuss the "Gadget Apocalypse" on The Young Turks. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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"Remember gadgets?

They were little electronic things that did stuff for you. They would play music or record videos or give you directions or let you play games on the go. They were fun. Everyone had them. Everyone wanted them. There were whole magazines and websites and even TV shows devoted to them.

For 30 or 40 years, through recessions and war, through stability and revolutions, they were always there, one gadget after another, from transistor radios to TRS-80s to Walkmen and Gameboys, then iPods and Flips, GoPros and Fitbits. We were sure gadgets would always be with us, because they had always been with us, and it was good.

But no. Winter is coming for gadgets. Or maybe winter has already come for gadgets. Everywhere you look, these days, gadgets seem on the rocks. Pebble, which makes smartwatches, has been purchased by Fitbit, which has had its own problems. GoPro may be going bust, while Jawbone, Nest and other members of the gentry of gadget pageantry look just about ready to stick a fork into.

What happened to gadgets? It’s a fascinating story about tech progress, international manufacturing and shifting consumer preferences, and it all ends in a sad punch line: Great gadget companies are now having a harder time than ever getting off the ground. The gadget age is over — and even if that’s a kind of progress, because software now fills many of our needs, the great gadgetapocalypse is bound to make the tech world, and your life, a little less fun."

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55 comments

  1. Posted by Lakers Fan Since 1974, at Reply

    Click bait

    • Posted by passpace10, at Reply

      Lakers Fan Since 1974 I immediately fell for it

  2. Posted by Rex Wort, at Reply

    The day when phones have the ability to self charge, is the day when I use
    my phone for everything. In the meantime, I have different gadget/devices
    for different roles when needed.

    • Posted by Rex Wort, at Reply

      Also when phone have universal attachment to advance certain task like
      better camera for professional shoots and accurate reading of the human
      statutes

  3. Posted by Jairaj Patil, at Reply

    Ana dropped on them like a meteor at 1:55

    • Posted by SpurnOfHumanity, at Reply

      The illusion is dead.

  4. Posted by EMPEROR OF THE SJWs, at Reply

    bullshit!
    gadgets will never die!There will always be people to buy them! New ones
    will replace the old ones.

  5. Posted by Dylan Thomas, at Reply

    White people.

    • Posted by Nathan Dwayne Townsend, at Reply

      Dylan Thomas Beige people

  6. Posted by McGturtle3, at Reply

    I refuse to put music on my phone lol I’ll forever use an iPod as long as
    they last

    • Posted by tinaUNDAcova, at Reply

      Me too lol. I have like 600,000 songs in my outdated Itunes 11 library.
      They are MINE and the majority of them fit on my classic. When it at some
      point, it inevitably breaks I will weep.

    • Posted by WobblyBits_X, at Reply

      I love my 160gb classic. Had it since launch, only had to get the battery
      replaced.

    • Posted by tinaUNDAcova, at Reply

      +WobblyBits_X I dropped mine charging port-first into the sand last summer.
      I spent the next lovely two hours easing a plastic tie for umbrellas (it
      was all I had) into the ipod to pick out every piece. Luckily it worked and
      it survived with minimal brain damage. The panic was real lol.

  7. Posted by Albert Hood, at Reply

    Funny to see Anna and JR pass by at 1:58.

    • Posted by Jon Coda, at Reply

      Yeah, they were Huge!

  8. Posted by DrZarkloff, at Reply

    non gaming desktop computers are fading away.

    • Posted by YouTube lol, at Reply

      DrZarkloff yeah

    • Posted by Malik Yussuf, at Reply

      offices and software developers still use them

  9. Posted by John Van Brunt, at Reply

    Totally missing the reason for sluggish sales (the brokeass consumers)

    • Posted by urduib, at Reply

      People have no money to spend, American economy is grinding to a hold and
      world economy will collapse in 2017 so yeah, agree

    • Posted by Baashaal Baashaal, at Reply

      urduib daamn dude that came off like tge crazy religuos people saying ITS
      OVER!

  10. Posted by Pity, at Reply

    LMAO 1:57

    • Posted by Kassie, at Reply

      Pity yeah, I scrolled through to see if anyone else noticed!

    • Posted by Super Saiyan Caleb, at Reply

      Me too! 😀

  11. Posted by Martin Olminkhof, at Reply

    Remember when PC gaming was declared dead?

    • Posted by deenman23, at Reply

      who when?

    • Posted by Baashaal Baashaal, at Reply

      Martin Olminkhof PC will never die dude. Pc is already in the future and
      trust me it will never die

    • Posted by BennyOcean, at Reply

      I can’t stand PC gaming. I blame feminists.

    • Posted by Austen Stokes, at Reply

      It is dead. Pleb.

  12. Posted by Cangel Tibon, at Reply

    It’s not that they are going extinct it’s more like they’re all being
    combined into one or two or three efficient devices rather than 390 billion
    different ones which is kind of the purpose of a gadget.

    • Posted by Baashaal Baashaal, at Reply

      Cangel Tibon future baby now i cant wait for smart contact lenses

    • Posted by dov linhos, at Reply

      +Baashaal Baashaa Or smart brains! I’ve been waiting for years for them to
      come up with those!

    • Posted by Astoris, at Reply

      +dov linhos
      Sorry kiddo. Smart brains can only work for a few people. Looks like you’re
      never gonna have one..

    • Posted by dov linhos, at Reply

      +Astoris
      You sure?

  13. Posted by hexum7, at Reply

    Are Thingamabobs in danger?

    I’ve got twenty

    • Posted by mike conley, at Reply

      hexum7 no. it’s the “thingamajigs” that are in danger.

  14. Posted by BennyOcean, at Reply

    As a former personal trainer, I predicted that the Apple watch and Fitbit
    would not do well in the long term. The bottom line about these gadgets is
    that they are gimmicks. When I was training people, what I came to believe
    is that no one is out of shape because they are lacking the right gadget in
    their lives. It simply doesn’t matter. To be fit, you just need to eat well
    and be physically active. The gadgets could theoretically be helpful but
    they are not at all necessary.

    • Posted by BennyOcean, at Reply

      +Matt ST2 I think a Fitbit is slightly more useful than a ‘shake weight’.

    • Posted by aprisia, at Reply

      Well, the Apple watch also had another problem, it’s a watch… a lame
      looking dorky one at that. There’s only one reason to wear a watch, as a
      fashion statement; and generally for formal events or business attire. In
      that capacity, the Apple watch is worthless trash.

    • Posted by Matt ST2, at Reply

      So a device that helps people keep track of their fitness goals is a bad
      idea?

      Im really not understanding how that can be a bad thing and worthless?

  15. Posted by Walkertongdee, at Reply

    While Gopro is going bust other chinese similar cams are doing extremely
    well. Go Pro shot themselves in the foot with its too high price and
    unsustainable business model similar to Apple products that are being
    eclipsed as well. American companies are falling as chinese products
    improve they will prevail.

    • Posted by M Lee, at Reply

      Walkertongdee Spot On. Had GoPro kept their prices decent and not charged
      for every single accessory… They probably would’ve fared a lot better…

      Now what becomes of their video library of people who uploaded to showcase
      their talent, you know??

    • Posted by Walkertongdee, at Reply

      Not sure. I bought the Gitup git 2 $129. better than the cheapest Go pro
      and now the Yi does phenomenal 4k at $249. blowing the what 700 dollar
      Gopro away These Chinese cams deliver great video with a Sony image sensor.
      Just go to the tube and see by side by side comparisons.

      I live in Asia and I am saying straight out that the Chinese are now
      offering quality and value at a reasonable price and as they develop more
      products American and other western companies will fall by the wayside.
      They should wake up, curb their greed and compete before it’s too late. At
      this time labor costs are increasing in China and the west still has a
      chance if they lose their unsustainable business models that companies like
      Apple and Gopro pioneered. Branding is one thing that sells but nothing
      sells like quality and a reasonable price, simple comparative capitalism
      will win out…

    • Posted by M Lee, at Reply

      Totally Agreed!

    • Posted by Walkertongdee, at Reply

      🙂

  16. Posted by Mat Broomfield, at Reply

    Of course gadgets aren’t going extinct, but perhaps people are realising
    how many of them are pointless and unneeded. Just as gimmick toys like the
    Furby, the pet rock, the invisible dog, and hundreds of others only had a
    short lifespan, perhaps people are realising that a £350 sports camera that
    needs a £2000 computer to edit the videos is not all that great an idea,
    and most people quickly realise they have nothing worth filming anyway.

    • Posted by gangstaaaron7, at Reply

      Mat Broomfield preach, this title and artcle and video are bullshit.

      smart watches are stupid. Google and Amazon spam gadgets and many flop.

      this is just a corny click bait video

  17. Posted by Akuma Baka, at Reply

    Anna is a giant!

    • Posted by Malik Yussuf, at Reply

      titan*

  18. Posted by Corvus, at Reply

    2:06 that super-realistic background isn’t really working out, guys.

    • Posted by SwimmingInTheDark, at Reply

      I just watched their “uber” episode and its the same damn cut shot — Not
      even a live feed.

  19. Posted by Rachel K, at Reply

    The video in the background is really distracting.

    • Posted by Grigory Zinoviev, at Reply

      Rachel K And Jayar and Ana always get too close to it

    • Posted by Rachel K, at Reply

      +Grigory Zinoviev exactly

  20. Posted by Jonathan Seale, at Reply

    For a moment, I thought giant Ana and JR were going to eat Brett and John
    for a snack.