Rewind·Posted on Oct 29, 202025 Things That Seemed Like Technological Breakthroughs 15 Years Ago But Are Now Completely WorthlessThe future used to be now.by Dave StoperaBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink In 2005, nothing seemed more technologically significant than... 1. iPhone apps where you drank fake beer: onmilwaukee.com Steve Jobs' vision: finally realized. 2. Or iPhone apps where you could download a fake lighter: play.google.com Sure! 3. And even before that, phones with internet on them in the first place: passingpleasantries.tumblr.com Not that anyone ever used it. 4. Or having the option and the ability to update your Facebook... FROM A TEXT MESSAGE: reddit.com The possibilities are endless. Or, actually, not. 5. Watching full-length movies that cost tens of millions of dollars to make on an iPod with a 2-inch screen: youtube.com The future is... TWO INCHES! 6. See-through electronics being the future of design: reddit.com These all felt like something out of the year 3000. Truly astounding at the time. 7. Those watches that lit up blue, truly a sign we were living in the future: reddit.com I heard that if you drank the blue you got superpowers. 8. A TV with a freakin' VHS player BUILT INTO IT: en.wikipedia.org This truly felt like the future. How could society advance beyond this? 9. Or, be still my beating heart, a TV with a DVD player in it: reddit.com NOOOOOW we're cookin' with gas gang!!! 10. Aggressively thick big screen TVs your one rich friend had: photobucket.com It was like watching a movie in your home, only every single light in the world reflected off the screen and it sounded like a buncha pennies rolling around in a Chef Boyardee can. 11. The original iPod and the million buttons it had: reddit.com The clickwheel was truly a game changer. Bring back the clickwheel. 12. Netflix's DVD service and just the entire idea of someone SENDING a movie to you: suburbanmen.com You're tellin' me that instead of going to the store and picking up a movie, I can wait four business days? Sign me up! 13. Portable DVD players that would skip every time you moved them a centimeter: Twitter: @ldn_elek You trying to watch Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in the back of a minivan traveling at 65 miles per hour? Because hell yeah I am. 14. Those robot dogs that eventually died and just became things your parents tripped over: reddit.com The future is...OW! 15. A DVD or VHS player in their car: photobucket.com I think they could invent time travel and I still wouldn't be as in awe as the first time I saw this. 16. Digital cable and being able to watch a ton of useless channels: photobucket.com Truly mind-blowing the first time you use a TV with digital cable after years of basic cable. 17. That one paper toss iPhone game: reddit.com This was required by law to be the first app everyone downloaded when they got an iPhone. 18. Car phones that you would only see in TV and movies: Twitter: @search Remember when people wanted to be reachable anywhere, anytime? Sounds like a nightmare! Hahahahaha. 19. These exact light switches that, again, your one rich friend had: encuentra24.com Felt like something out of Star Wars. 20. That fish that everyone's uncle had for some reason: Twitter: @StevenBalthaser A fish that sings songs I hate? Let's do this, baby!!! 21. CD players with 45-second skip protection: Philips This felt like something the US government retrieved from an alien spaceship that crashed into the parking lot of a Burger King or something. 22. That cassette tape that let your connect your iPod to your car stereo: reddit.com This truly changed the game. 23. Hit Clips: marceling.tumblr.com Songs I kind of like... for 30 seconds at a time? Now this I gotta get! 24. Those batteries that let you check how much energy was left: reddit.com My fingers are still permanently dented from these. 25. And finally, the ALPHA and the OMEGA... a VHS AND DVD player: amazon.com Truly the peak of human civilization.