Smartphones, iPads, iPods, and notebook computers remain examples of the must-have gadgets of the last five years. However, for every iPad there’s an Apple TV—a tech failure. Organizations take a risk when they send a new piece of technology into the market. There is absolutely no assurance that no matter how cool or helpful a gadget is that it’ll catch on with the buying public. With that in mind, here is a quick look at some of the most widely known technology failures of the last decade.
Famous tech failures
- Apple TV: It seems like a terrific idea—a device that lets users buy TV series and movies from iTunes and then stream them on their TVs, computers, and mobile devices. The drawback? Besides YouTube, the device doesn’t permit many non-iTunes options.
- Sony Mylo: You will possibly not remember the Mylo. That’s because it came and went without eliciting much response from consumers. This Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device enabled consumers to connect to the Internet, send e-mail, and hold online chats. Additionally, it came with Skype for free Internet calls. Sadly for Sony, the iPhone and its huge app store simply overwhelmed the Mylo.
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: The CueCat was a digital barcode reader created by Digital Convergence Corporation. In the shape of a cat, this device allowed the user to scan a bar code and be instantly guided to a company’s website. This didn’t go over well, but it may have paved the way for the now widespread QR code.