Top 10 everyday essential items facing mobile-geddon

Which gadgets will smartphones soon consign to history?

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Holiday bag

The march of the smartphone means the number will be up for alarm clocks, keys, pocket mirrors and TV remotes by the end of the decade.

That's the verdict of futurist Dr Ian Pearson, who teamed up with TalkTalk Mobile to reveal the tools in our homes, wallets and handbags set for extinction as our smartphones get a hundred times more powerful in the next 10 years.

By 2025, at least eight billion of us will own at least one powerful smartphone; with innovation coming thick and fast, it will be the go-to gadget for our daily essentials.

Top of Dr Pearson's endangered list are:

1. Keys
Woman looking for her lost keys
"The days of digging through handbags for house keys and cursing after locking our car keys inside the car will be fading by 2025," says Dr Pearson. "NFC technology will enable us to lose those elusive keys for good. With a tap of the phone doors will open wide, with finger-print recognition keeping our virtual keys safe."

2. TV remotes and music controllers
Children and mother using electronic gadgets at house "Rather than having a different remote for every TV and music system, within ten years smartphones will be the universal remote," says Pearson.

3. Pocket mirrors
two smiling women making selfie on beach
"By 2025 augmented reality will allow us to 'wear' any number of stylish outfits or virtually try the newest haircut," says Pearson. "Anti-aging creams that don't live up to their promise will also be put to the test as our phones will be able to microscopically zoom into our skin and work out whether they're really making a difference," he adds.

4. Torches
Childish Gambino In Concert At The Chelsea"With ever more powerful torches on our smartphones and instantly rechargeable batteries, the days of fumbling around under the kitchen sink during a blackout will soon be over. Within just seven years, super-capacitor smartphone batteries will be able to be recharged in seconds," says Dr Pearson.

5. Driving licences
speed camera sign in folkestone ...
"Driving licences will have moved on to our smartphones by 2017 and will talk directly to new 'friendly' speed cameras. Eight years down the line, these cameras will notify you immediately if you're going to break the limit, and warn you to slow down or risk a penalty. These informal warnings mean first-time offenders won't suffer the consequences of a genuine mistake and the yellow boxes on the sides of our roads will no longer instil quite as much terror."

6. Alarm clocks
Woman in bed reaching for alarm clock
Once a feature of every bedside table, alarm clocks have already fallen out of favour, with 57% of us relying solely on our mobile phones for our morning wake up call."By 2020, 90% will have vanished completely to be replaced with sophisticated smartphone alarms that tune into our dreams and sleep cycles," says Dr Pearson. "They will wake us at the optimum time for us to feel fresh and ready for the day."

7. Cash
Mobile Payment
Contactless payment is already changing the way we shop, but by 2025, 75% of all of our cash and cards will have been replaced by the quicker and easier tap-and-pay alternative, says Pearson. "Fingerprint and retina recognition will allow all payments to be made through your mobile. This goes for foreign currency too, with smartphones cutting out that trip to the currency exchange and converting currency at the best rates every time you pay."

8. Guide books
Young backpacker checking her guidebook in front of markets at The Rocks."Two years from now most travellers will have thrown out their bulky guide books for good in favour of regularly updated travel apps. Apps that offer real reviews based on travellers' personal experiences will save both time and room in our suitcases. By 2020, such tools will make sight-seeing even better, with virtual and augmented reality experiences letting travellers see Henry VIII beheading his wives at the Tower of London."

9. Travel tickets
Rail fares
Paper travel tickets and boarding passes will be checking out too. "Already apps such as Apple's Passbook are absorbing them into smartphones, but travel will eventually be completely paperless," says Pearson. "Long queues at customs and departure gates will be eased by 2024, with a tap of your smartphone enough to check you in and get on your way," he adds.

10. Cameras
Hands holding an iPhone 6 which is taking a photo of the W Hotel (Hotel Vela) from the beach in Barcelona, Spain.
"By 2020 compact digital cameras will be all but replaced by high quality smartphone lenses. Sales have already fallen by 40% and with picture quality vastly improved on our mobiles, the writing's on the wall. By 2050, not only will our mobiles be able to record footage, but by linking with membrane pads on our body, they will be able to capture our sensations and simulate them when playing back through these same pads, letting us experience the virtual rush of a bungee jump or the joy of welcoming our first child into the world."

TalkTalk Mobile recently launched Britain's lowest priced unlimited SIM-only plan. For just £12 a month customers can stream, surf, talk and text to their heart's content without the worry of running up a hefty bill. TalkTalk Mobile is growing fast, with 180,000 new customers signed up in the past year and a 13% share of new SIM-only connections in March.