In recent years iPads, smartphones, and Kindles have been some of the most desired gadgets on the market. But not all tech is created equal. Companies can’t predict what's going to become popular, no matter how much they love it. Here are some that never quite caught on.
Famous tech failures
- Apple TV: This product gives users the capability to purchase entertainment from iTunes then stream it to the device of their choice. Good idea? Possibly, if it wasn’t so limited to iTunes.
- Sony Mylo: You might not recall the Mylo. That's because it came and went without eliciting much response from consumers. This Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device enabled consumers to connect to the Internet, send e-mail, and hold online chats. It also came with Skype for free Internet calls. Unfortunately for Sony, the iPhone and its enormous app store simply overwhelmed the Mylo.
The Segway peters out
- Segway PT: The Segway PT scooter hasn't fully been a flop. Nonetheless, it never caught on in the manner its manufacturers supposed. This two-wheeled transportation machine was meant to be a must-have for commuters traveling to work and for family members taking short trips to their local supermarket. Unfortunately, the scooter makes people look kind of silly when they are riding it. Maybe this is why the device hasn't develop into a mainstream replacement for cars.
The CueCat doesn’t purr
- CueCat: The CueCat was a digital barcode reader created by Digital Convergence Corporation. In the shape of a cat, this device allowed the user to scan a bar code and be quickly guided to a company’s website. This didn't go over well, but it may have paved the way for the now common QR code.