Remember that new blender watch that was supposed to change the way we blended things and kept time? Nope? We don’t either. But seriously, every year there is some new piece of technology that comes out that’s supposed to change the world for the better and totally alter reality–but it totally never does that.
Pull out your Tamagotchi and grab your electric blanket because we’re going to look at some gadgets and technology that totally should have changed things for us.
A few of your on the older side probably remember when the PS2 and Dreamcast were coming out. Sadly, the Dreamcast was Sega’s final console adventure. By all intents and purposes, it was an awesome gaming system that had a quirky collection of solid games like Street Fighter 3, Power Stone 1&2, Resident Evil: Code Veronica and so many others, but the system didn’t go anywhere.
The Dreamcast mostly floundered in obscurity in America because its release was eclipsed by all the hype surrounding the PS2. Amidst rumors of supply shortages and rave reviews of many of its launch titles, the PS2 was a marketing giant that dwarfed all the other systems that were out at the time. Sadly, this included the Dreamcast.
This one is a little puzzling but it was still a thing for a bit of time. I mean, who doesn’t wanna update their Facebook from the comfort of their refrigerator door, right? While it’s hard to say that this was a piece of tech that was supposed to blow up, it’s hard to deny how fun it would be to Facebook, Tweet and Instagram right from your fridge. However outlandish it may sound, it does sound somewhat cool, especially when you view it through the lens of convenience. Some of the best ideas pop up when you’re digging through the fridge trying to find what you’re going to eat.
Much like the Dreamcast, QR codes are a lot more popular in Asia than they are in America. The QR code simply never caught on in America. One of the reasons might be that they require third-party apps such as QR code scanners to take advantage of and many Americans don’t actively use these apps so they fall to the wayside. The other reason could be the average Westerner’s reluctance to scan codes when they don’t know where they lead. That said, many apps, such as Wechat and WhatsApp, use QR codes to great effect and they might be worth revisiting.
In hindsight, it’s easy to say that trying to contest the iPod was a fool-hardy move, even for a company as big as Microsoft, but we can sort of see where they were coming from. The iPod was still relatively fresh on the market, cellphones didn’t sport massive 64Gb+ capacities and there was still room for a contender to the iPod’s dominance.
To be fair, the Zune was released about one or two years after the iPod achieved significant sales and while it was a respected product line the Ipod’s position as THE preferred MP3 player was already cemented by that time.
Sometimes tech goes in whacky directions. Who would have thought that Instagram would be valued at over 30 billion dollars or that Myspace would go the way of the dodo bird? Above we outlined some tech that we thought would have done well but just didn’t make the cut. Is there any tech out there that you remember that didn’t make it to 2016? Let us know in the comments below.