We always read about the most popular gadgets on the market. But for every technology that changes our lives there’s something that flops. It’s difficult to judge what the public will take a fancy too, so companies take a risk every time they release something. Below we explore a few technologies that fall outside of the “took flight” category.
Famous tech failures
- Apple TV: It seems like an excellent idea—a device that lets users buy TV series and movies from iTunes then stream them on their TVs, computers, and mobile devices. The drawback? Besides YouTube, the product doesn’t permit many non-iTunes options.
- Sony Mylo: The Mylo came and went quickly so you may not remember it. It was geared toward the 18 to 20 something crowd and was a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. It permitted people to play games, connect to the Internet, and also had Skype preinstalled on it. Unfortunately, the presence of the iPhone and its extensive app store overshadowed it.
The Segway peters out
- Segway PT: The Segway PT scooter had a lot of media hype before its release. It was expected to be wildly successful, that it may even replace cars in metropolitan areas. However, people thought it made them look sort of silly so it never quite caught on. I suppose next to a flashy sports car there is no comparison.
The CueCat doesn’t purr
- CueCat: Shaped like a cat, the CueCat was a barcode reader introduced to the public in 1999. It permitted consumers to open a link to an Internet address by scanning a barcode on an item. The thought was that consumers would appreciate surfing to a website without having to enter in that site’s address. This hypothesis proved flawed, and it wasn’t long before the CueCat’s maker, Digital Convergence Corporation, was out of business.