Not everything is an iPad: Gadgets That Never Caught On

We always hear about the most popular gadgets on the market. But for every technology that changes our lives there is 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 several 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 problem? Besides YouTube, the product doesn’t allow many non-iTunes alternatives.
  • Sony Mylo: The Mylo came and went quickly so you may not recall it. It was aimed 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 even had Skype preinstalled on it. Sadly, the existence of the iPhone and its extensive app store overshadowed it.

The Segway peters out

  • Segway PT: The Segway PT scooter hasn’t exactly been a flop. Nonetheless, it never caught on in the manner its manufacturers anticipated. This two-wheeled transportation machine was supposed to be a must-have for commuters traveling to work and for family members taking short trips to their local grocery store. Unfortunately, the scooter makes people look kind of silly when they are riding it. Maybe this is the reason the device hasn’t become a mainstream substitute 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 idea proved flawed, and it wasn’t long before the CueCat’s maker, Digital Convergence Corporation, was out of business.

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