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Featured What Do Smart Phones (Partially) Replace?

  1. Nov 19, 2017 #1

    anorlunda

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    [To see a consolidated and renumbered list, jump to post #105.]
    Arbitrary goal of 200 has been reached.


    Here's a fun thing to do on a Sunday. I was thinking of all the everyday objects that I no longer need as much or as often because I carry a smart phone. Because I'm old, I may prefer the older way of doing things or maybe the old ways were superior. Nevertheless I need the old things less often and I certainly can't carry all of them around in my pocket.

    Here is a very short beginning to a list. I invite other PF members to add to the list.

    Make it easier by continuing the numbering your entries, so that the last post in this thread has the highest number. I ended at 41, so the next post should begin with 42. My guess is that we can go well past 200.

    1. Phone
    2. Clock/watch
    3. Calendar
    4. Calculator
    5. Day planner
    6. Pencil & Paper
    7. Envelopes & Stamps
    8. Hand held GPS
    9. Compass
    10. Outdoor thermometer
    11. Maps
    12. Deck of cards
    13. Radio
    14. TV
    15. Camera
    16. Wallet full of loyalty cards, soon a wallet full of money and credit cards.
    17. Paper Newspapers
    18. Paper books
    19. Auto insurance cards for the glove box
    20. MP3 player
    21. Photo album
    22. Tape recorder
    23. Game consoles/board games/toys
    24. Home weather station
    25. Weather radiio
    26. WIFI modem and cable modem.
    27. Airplane or event tickets
    28. Sky maps/star charts
    29. Movie theater, 8mm movie camera, home film projector
    30. Video projector
    31. Records/record players/tape decks
    32. Night watchman/security guard/baby sitter
    33. Address book
    34. Pedeometer
    35. Mirrors to check my haircut from the rear.
    36. A doctor visit to look for wax in my ears.
    37. recipe book
    38. Owner's/operator's manuals
    39. DIY books
    40. Filing cabinets
    41. Flashlight
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2017 #2

    QuantumQuest

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    42. An (admittedly small) electric torch to find something in the dark.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2017 #3
    43. Level
     
  5. Nov 19, 2017 #4

    symbolipoint

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    The posting #1 is confusing but the title of the topic is clear.
    Smartphone replaces what?
    It replaces to some extent, laptop computer for internet and some other productivity purposes; other kinds of devices like flashlight, still-camera and video camera, and your cellular telephone.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2017 #5

    berkeman

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    That's the same as #41 :smile:
    That is now #44... :smile:
     
  7. Nov 19, 2017 #6
    45. Accelerometer
    46. Audio spectrum analyser
    47. Thermal imager
     
  8. Nov 19, 2017 #7

    berkeman

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    48. TV Remote Control

    49. Barcode scanner

    50. Earthquake Early Warning Network Notification Device

    51. Bank Teller

    52. Language Translator

    53. Car Mechanic (OBD plug-in diagnostics)

    54. Medical Pager

    55. CPR Notifications and CPR Coach (PulsePoint App)
     
  9. Nov 19, 2017 #8

    QuantumQuest

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    Oops, in some way I mistranslated "flashlight":oops:
     
  10. Nov 19, 2017 #9
    56. Vein finder for Phlebotomy
     
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  11. Nov 19, 2017 #10
    I'm afraid to say this but apparently smart phones (partially) replaced 55. human interactions, or let's say companions and chaperons...
     
  12. Nov 19, 2017 #11
    I was thinking along the lines of social interaction or awkwardness but I felt scientifically inept and yours works too. :-p
    57. Human interactions ( the numbers are getting bunched up from edits)
     
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    Landlines.
     
  14. Nov 19, 2017 #13
    58. Landlines...
     
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  15. Nov 19, 2017 #14

    OmCheeto

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    Well, if that's allowed [ref ≈$200-$400 add-on], then I would add

    57 59. telescope (40x) [$18.03 @ e-bay]*
    58 60. microscope (100x) [$14.99 @ amazon]*
    59 61. EM spectrometer (1000 lines/mm diffraction grating) [$1.70 @ homesciencetools]*

    *Free if you're not afraid of duct tape, and have as much optical gear as I have laying around.

    ps. Uh oh: The world's first phone with a built-in thermal camera is kinda hot.
    hmmm....
    Anyone own a "CAT" phone?
    If not, I'm calling vaporware!
     
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  16. Nov 19, 2017 #15
    I looked at it when it became available but I'm not spending $600 USD on a phone...ever.
    P.S. edit your numbers, post edit additions are messing up the numbering... yours should be 59,60,61
     
  17. Nov 19, 2017 #16

    anorlunda

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    60 Waiter/waitress check pad
    61 Credit card scanner
    62 Cash register
     
  18. Nov 19, 2017 #17

    symbolipoint

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    I agree, depending on what one wants to buy and can afford IN ONE SINGLE DEVICE. Cell phone service is expensive enough. A laptop computer is far better than a 'smartphone' for the same things, other than for the cell phone capability. One can spend much less than $600 for either a laptop computer or a smartphone. The laptop is much easier to use but is also much less portable.
     
  19. Nov 19, 2017 #18
    Laptops with cellular 4G can video chat with upscaled resolution so it's better than a cell phone IMHO.
    That's the real benefit is it's size...
     
  20. Nov 19, 2017 #19

    OmCheeto

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    Don't blame me that your numbers are all off........ :biggrin:
     
  21. Nov 19, 2017 #20
    62 Waiter/waitress check pad
    63 Credit card scanner
    64 Cash register
     
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