Biggest Technology Fails Of The Modern Times
3D technology is something that is a big hit among the masses but the phenomena of 3D TV's isn't something that lived up to the expectations. There are limited channels available worldwide that broadcast in 3D exclusively, which also makes the television not worth the price, and the prices of these televisions are quite high, anywhere from $1,500 to nearly $40,000.
#9 Mini Disc
Mini disks are something that hasn't really been a pleasant deal. Sony's Minidisc players reached their peak of popularity in the late 90's-Early 2000's. Minidiscs were sort of the lovechild of cassette players and mp3 players, but the technology was also great for recording live audio. Many concerts were bootlegged on Mini Disc. The hardware looked, well, you guessed it... like mini discs and could be used to transfer CDs and mp3s. This machine was invented and popular before everyone had a portable mp3 player, such as an iPod.
For the one's who don't remember what betamax is, Remember VCRs? They used to play these little things called VHS Tapes. The rival of the VHS was Betamax. What was the difference between the two? Betamax tapes were shorter, only 60 minutes (when they were first debuted), which isn't really long enough for a movie. VHS tapes lasted 3 hours. Another reason why it failed is that Sony, which manufactured the Betamax, would not permit pornography to be distributed on the tapes, but JVC, who manufactured VHS, had no issue with it. Everyone knows that sex sells. While Betamax was a higher quality product, it was also more expensive, which wasnt as attractive to consumers as a cheaper alternative.
#7 Apple Newton
Although it is hard to believe that Apple's product can go wrong in any way but it is true. The Apple Newton was the precursor of the iPad. It was a personal digital assistant (PDA) that did many of the same things that iPads and iPhones do. It has a calendar, a to-do list, calculator, currency converter, a time-zones map and an address book. The Newton could also be used to send a fax. It used a stylus (those little pen thingies- remember those?), instead of a keyboard. However, its handwriting recognition software apparently malfunctioned constantly.
Lets just say that Helio was an over smart gadget for its time. Helio burned out very fast, being introduced in 2006 and discontinued by 2010. Helio was a carrier that used Sprint's network. But, Helio was also a smart phone brand, which had several models. In fact their slogan was, "Don't Call Us a Phone Company; Don't Call it a Phone." The company had several stores and was advertised everywhere, but the product never lived up to the hype. The phones were mostly re-branded Samsung phones that were already popular, but obsolete in South Korea, by the time they became available in the United States.
#5 Garmin Nuvifone
Garmin has always tried coming up with something new. Garmin made everyone’s favorite and most popular car navigation system, until navigation became a free app. Garmin tried to capitalize on their popularity in 2008, when they debuted a smart phone that came with a car dock. The phone had their navigation system built in, as well as allowed hands-free calling. It also had a great geo-tagging option for the camera, and a built in social network called Ciao! So why did consumers say "ciao" to Ciao in 2010? The iPhone did all the same things, plus more and in a better way. Garmin couldn't ever quite navigate the smartphone market well enough to succeed.
#4 HD DVD
HD DVD could've been a real big concept but sadly, it couldn't. HD DVD was the new VHS VS. Betamax. In 2005, HD Televisions were available, but were not seemingly in every home yet. DVD players were popular, but the quality of DVD didn't yet match HD. These two products attempted to replace the DVD. So, what was the difference between HD DVD and Blue Ray? To most consumers, there really wasn't much of a difference. They were basically the same product, but incompatible with one another. Warner Brothers basically killed the HD DVD when they decided they would be releasing all of their films and television programs exclusively on Blue Ray.
Just like a clipboard, Clippy was the office assistant from Hell. How could you forget a big annoying paper clip that popped up in Microsoft Office and then asked you stupid questions, like if you wanted help writing a letter, when you typed the word dear. No, you didn't want help. You wanted that thing or any of its incarnations, such as a dog, a cartoon Albert Einstein, a robot or a bouncy ball dot thing, to go away. Even Microsoft employees hated that Clippy, and it was universally panned.
#2 Smart Watches
SO with smartphones, we will even have smart watches now. Apple just announced that the iWatch will be released in 2015, but it's a gamble because every other smart watch before the iWatch hasn't exactly been successful. While smart watches have been around since the early 1970's, they've been booming and busting for the past ten years. In 2003, watchmaker Fossil, released one that ran a Palm operating system. In 2004, Microsoft released SPOT, which received information via FM radio waves. It was discontinued in 2008. There are several smart watches available right now, such as the Pebble, but smart watches aren't exactly the new Rolex.
#1 Windows Phone
This might just come as a shock but is true. The Windows Phone is the newest piece of technology on this list and while it’s not discontinued yet, it probably will be soon. Sales are way down, with only 7.4 million Windows phones shipped in the second quarter of this year, which is down 9.4% from the same time last year. The smartphone only has a 5% market share in the US. So, why is it such a failure? Consumers prefer iPhones and Androids. The Windows Phone has less Apps, isn't cheaper, or doesn't have better technology than the iPhone or Android, so what incentive is there to buy it? There isn't.
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