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.