Not everything is an iPad: Gadgets That Never Caught On

Smartphones, iPads, iPods, and notebook computers are examples of the must-have gadgets of the last five years.

Smartphones, iPads, iPods, and notebook computers are 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 chance when they send a new piece of technology into the market. There is no guarantee that no matter how cool or handy a gadget is that it’ll become popular with the buying public. Understanding that, here is a quick look at some of the best known technology failures of the last decade.

Famous tech failures

  • Apple TV: This gadget gives users the ability to purchase entertainment from iTunes then stream it to the device of their choice. Good idea? Most likely, if it wasn’t so limited to iTunes. 
  • Sony Mylo: The Mylo came and went quickly so you may not remember it. It was aimed toward the 18 to 20 something crowd and was a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. It allowed people to play games, connect to the Internet, and also had Skype preinstalled on it. Sadly, the presence of the iPhone and its extensive app store overshadowed 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: The CueCat was a digital barcode reader manufactured by Digital Convergence Corporation. In the shape of a cat, this device allowed the consumer to scan a bar code and be quickly guided to a company’s website. This did not go over well, but it may have paved the way for the now widespread QR code.

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