As we stand at the midpoint of yet another decade, it’s fun to look back over the last ten years and see how far technology has come.
There have been many great inventions over the years, but not all have been a success. As we look to the future here are some products that will forever remain ignominiously trapped in the past.
Oakley Thump Sunglasses
There have been worse ideas than combining sunglasses with MP3 players. But the end results of Oakley’s Thump Sunglasses was a true Frankenstein’s Monster. Bulky and inefficient (only 256MB of music could be stored), the Thump’s $495 price was way too steep.
Apple’s iPod was too established to allow even Bill Gates’ Microsoft machine to enter the foray. One key selling point to the Zune was the sharing feature between Zune users. However, it was limited; you could only share songs three times over a three-day period. Plus, you had to find another sucker that actually owned a Zune.
Another casualty of the firmly entrenched iPad, HP’s entrant into the tablet ball failed miserably. But with tablets, apps are the name of the game, and the TouchPad’s dearth of them, coupled with a sluggish performance caused HP to pull the plug.
Motorola ROKR E1
Showing that synergy can fail, much like the aforementioned Thump, the ROKR (it’s an MP3 player with music, get it?) was dubbed the first “iTunes phone.” Apple wisely learned from failures such as this, before turning the gadget world on its ear with the iPhone.
A single-purpose device, designed solely for use with Twitter, the Peek featured a buggy built-in browser and the inability to show more than a 20 character preview of tweets. Rather than shelling out $199 for this single device, most people opted to just use a free app on their smartphone. And why wouldn’t they?
Garmin Nuvifone G60
A last-ditch attempt at relevancy, Garmin released it’s Nuvifone G60 to try to maintain control of its hard-earned GPS turf. Had they come out with this in 2007 rather than 2009, it would have still gone the way of the dinosaurs, but they may have made a bit more of a profit first.
Google Nexus Q
It’s always refreshing when an industry giant puts out a dud. This Death Star-like orb was invented with the sole purpose of making media consumption more social. The problem was, that the Nexus Q could only access Google’s content. And compared to Roku’s price point the $299 Nexus Q was way overpriced.
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