10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now

Alarming Extinction
Really? Why would you want to take up bedside table space with an alarm clock these days? ©Fuse/iStock/Thinkstock

Alarm clocks, the ringing, exasperating bane of night owls everywhere, are going the way of the pterodactyl and T-rex. They've been wiped out by the smartphone swarm.

Why, exactly, would a person shell out $10 to $20 for a device that a smartphone duplicates so easily? Many smartphones even have speakers that can compete in sound quality compared to an average clock radio. Furthermore, your smartphone doesn't have light-up face that stares at you all night long, stoking insomnia.

Your smartphone doesn't start blinking when the power goes out. And your smartphone doesn't need a 9-volt battery backup. If you're in the business of manufacturing these clocks, best to bail, soon, before extinction is official.