In recent years iPads, smartphones, and Kindles have been some of the most desired gadgets on the market. However, not all tech is created equal. Companies can’t predict what’s going to become popular, no matter how much they love it. Here are a few that never quite caught on.
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 problem? Besides YouTube, the product doesn’t allow many non-iTunes options.
- Sony Mylo: Mylo came in under the radar that’s the reason you may not remember it. This was a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device from Sony that allowed people to connect to the Internet, send e-mail and it came with Skype! It didn’t get much attention as the iPhone and its app store overwhelmed it.
The Segway peters out
- Segway PT: It was believed that the Segway PT would replace cars in urban areas. It made it simple for people to just zip to the market or make the short commute downtown. But it never quite caught on. Unfortunately for the manufacturers, people thought balancing on two wheels made them look a little silly.
The CueCat doesn’t purr
- CueCat: Shaped like a cat, the CueCat was a barcode reader introduced to the public in 1999. It allowed 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 theory proved flawed, and it wasn’t long before the CueCat’s maker, Digital Convergence Corporation, was out of business.