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Are we facing a gadget apocalypse?




A GoPro Hero 4 camera is displayed at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A GoPro Hero 4 camera is displayed at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Ever find an old Walkman in your parent's house? What about a Gameboy you played as a kid? The feature of these gadgets - music, games, camera -are increasingly integrated into the one true smartphone.

Today, we are experiencing a real decline in small personal electronics, according to Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist at The New York Times. In his recent column, Manjoo declares that "winter is coming for gadget." Indeed, with the Fitbit's acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, the outlook for single-function devices isn't optimistic. But gadgets might be taking on a different form in today's tech landscape. Fitbit, the company that bought out Pebble, makes fitness tracker -- a gadget in its own right. In addition, there are more drones humming overhead than ever; there are more internet-connected hoverboards than ever. Some might even call a Tesla vehicle a “gadget” because of  its connectivity and applications.

So where is the state of gadgetry right now? And how are gadget companies evolving as the market becomes saturated? What’s your most memorable gadget from the past?

Guests:

Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times Technology Columnist. His recent column is titled “The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us;" he tweets @fmanjoo

Ashley Carman, Tech reporter at the Verge. Her recent article is titled “No, Gadgets Aren’t Dead;” she tweets @ashleyrcarman