Here is the Tech You Chose to Revive from the Dead

By Spencer Hart on at

Last week we learnt about the tragic death of plasma televisions, and asked the question: what tech would Giz UK readers like to see revived?

We were overwhelmed with literally dozens of replies, so here are some of the best – and exactly why they were offed in the first place…


Suggested by: Paul

Whether it was portable MiniDisc players or MiniDisc decks, it seems that Sony's proprietary tech was a favourite among commenters. The disc uses magneto-optical technology to store 1GB of data, and was on the market from September 1992 to March 2013 (but for many of us, it died a long, long time before that). MD was popular among audio enthusiasts and the Japanese, but failed to make an impact elsewhere, with the ever popular(ish) Compact Disc winning consumer hearts. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]

iPod Classic

Suggested by: Tom Majerski

The faithful iPod Classic was killed off by Apple in October, making it the most recent tech death on this list. According to Apple they could no longer get the parts, which means if you're looking for a new high-capacity Apple MP3 player, you'll have to go for the 64GB iPod Touch (or purchase a 160GB Classic on eBay, in all it's click-wheel-y glory). [Image Credit: Shiny Shiny]


Suggested by: ReSiS

Do you want to fly from London to New York in three hours? Tough, you can't! Not since the death of the Concorde in 2003. The plane is a marvel of British engineering with multiple World Records, primarily being the first (and only) supersonic passenger jet.

But that doesn't mean it had a smooth flight: serious questions were raised about pollution the planes produced, both environmental and noise, as well as the infamous crash in July 2000, which killed all 100 passengers and crew. Several companies are now working towards the second-generation of supersonic passenger jet, but don't expect to break the sound barrier before 2020. [Image Credit: NMS]


Suggested by: Ray Liu

I know what you're thinking, Polaroids are only popular with hipsters and Taylor Swift, but you're wrong: they're popular with Gizmodo readers as well. The first instant film camera was developed in 1947 by Edwin Land, it was manufactured by Polaroid and called the Polaroid Land Camera.

Polaroid rang the death knell for instant film in 2008, when it shut down three factories and discontinued all production. Instant film lives on in the Impossible Project, and there's also a new fangled thing called 'digital photography', but we're still not sure that'll catch on. [Image Credit: Shutterstock]

Nokia 3310

Suggested by: Lester Bangs

Do mobile phones really get better every year? Is the iPhone 6 indestructible, with a week-long battery life and pre-loaded with Snake II? No! The Nokia 3310 then is categorically, the best phone ever. It was released on the 1st of September 2000, and is one of the best selling mobile phones to date, with 126 million units sold worldwide. [Image Credit: Tech Radar]

Sinclair C5

Suggested by: Aevolve

The Sinclair C5 is known as "one of the great marketing bombs of post-war British industry". Designed by computing-genius Sir Clive Sinclair, it seems the technology couldn't keep up with the innovation, receiving generally awful reviews from the British press. Despite the C5's initial failure, the vehicles are now collector's items reaching prices around £5,000. Maybe now's the time for a reboot? [Image Credit: IWOOT]

Sugar Puffs, Opal Fruits and Marathon

Suggested by: Darrell Jones

Why do companies insist on modernising classic products? Leave our childhoods alone! [Image Credit: Inside the Wendy House]

The Original Gizmodo UK

Suggested by: ReSiS

We all remember it fondly, but could you live without an edit button now?

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