Less Then Successful Tech

Smartphones, iPads, iPods, and notebook computers are examples of the must-have devices of the last five years. However, for each iPad there’s an Apple TV—a tech failure. Organizations take a risk every time they send a new piece of technology into the market. There is absolutely no guarantee that no matter how cool or handy a gadget is that it’ll become popular with the purchasing public. With that in mind, listed here is a quick look at some of the best known technology failures of the last 10 years.

Famous tech failures

  • Apple TV: Apple TV lets users buy their entertainment straight from iTunes and stream it on their computers, handheld devices, or TVs. The unfortunate thing about this, that may be the reason for its less then popular standing, is that it is somewhat limited to iTunes.
  • Sony Mylo: You will possibly not recall the Mylo. That is because it came and went without eliciting much response from consumers. This Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device allowed consumers to connect to the Internet, send e-mail, and hold online chats. In addition, 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 hasn’t exactly been a flop. Nevertheless, it never caught on in the manner its manufacturers predicted. This two-wheeled transportation machine was meant to be a must-have for commuters traveling to work and for family members taking short trips to their local supermarket. Unfortunately, the scooter makes people look kind of silly when they’re riding it. Maybe this is the reason the device hasn’t develop into a mainstream replacement for cars.

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 a product. The thought was that consumers would enjoy surfing to a website without having to type in that site’s address. This theory proved flawed, and it wasn’t long before the CueCat’s maker, Digital Convergence Corporation, was out of business.

Posted on: 02.15.12