Technology Prevails

Here’s an example of a company dropping a part of its product line with grace! Kodak has decided to cease production of its slide projector because of declining demand caused by the increased demand for technology.

“During its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s, it was the principal means for amateurs to share their astrophotos and give lectures at club meetings, conventions, public star parties, and planetarium shows.” So for all of you projector fans out there, it’s time to move on to PowerPoint. It’s reported that over 15 million of these projectors are floating around in American basements, school storage units, and local dumps.

While many other companies would go crying to the government for subsidies and grants to save their dying product, Kodak silently drops its beloved projector and moves on to bigger and better things.

For the full story, read "Amateur Astronomers Lose an Old Friend."


Ace said...

I don't think Kodak is doing a brave or nobel thing by not asking for government help. Times change and business should be aware of the life cycle of their product. Kodak probably made a lot of money off of their projectors.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Ace's comment for a spelling mistake.

I'm one of those people with a slide projector in the basement, and 8 boxes of slides of my wife's trip to the Galapagos.

It's more of a macro topic, but it hadn't occurred to me that the photographic film industry is disappearing and leaving a lot of structural unemployment in its wake (my brother among them).