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Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

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Daniyal_Ali
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Lessons to be Learned.
Daniyal_Ali   4/7/2014 8:59:23 AM
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Thanks for sharing this interesting list Liz. This shows how rapidly our technologies are developing and how quickly people adapt to a more user-friendly device. I was myself very disappointed about The Segway as i thought it would be very convenient for transportation and would make life easier for everyone. It was mostly the over-hype that killed Segway's impact on the market, let alone other factors.
Anyhow you compiled a very amusing list, reminded me of a lot of inventions i had forgotten.

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Elizabeth M   4/7/2014 9:25:37 AM
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Thanks, Daniyal, I had a lot of fun compiling this list and thinking about all the inventions that were supposed to be the "next big thing" but didn't quite pan out that way. There could be a lot more on this list as well, and I did ask readers for suggestions. I am still curious to see what also could've been on the list...what do people think?

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tekochip   4/7/2014 9:29:47 AM
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The list could go on and on, of course, but there were some notable computers that deserve flop awards; like Lisa, Audrey, and Newton.  Hmm, all proper names, maybe that's a bad idea?

It's somewhat ironic that somebody tried to make a Ford Pinto fly.  That Pinto alternator is still used in aircraft engines today, so at least they got that part airborne.

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Very interesting list 1 correction though
LetoAtreidesII   4/7/2014 9:44:40 AM
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I do need to correct you on #15 the EV.  You state since the mid 19th century EV's actually predated the Gasoline engine.  Back at the turn of the last century (1900 -1915) the first EV Gas war went on and EV's lost that battle.  I agree though one day EV's will finally come out on top.  It is just going to take a while and some advances in techonology that we have been promised is just around the corner since 1975.

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Debera Harward   4/7/2014 10:07:36 AM
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Thanks Elizebeth for recalling us all these inventions great work done by you . I do remember these Digital audio tapes and they were being expected to hit the market but technology is moving ahead so fast that the moment one technology steps in the other one is also there . No doubt technology is moving at a very fast pace .

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Re: Very interesting list 1 correction though
Elizabeth M   4/7/2014 10:16:04 AM
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Thanks for your comment, LetoA, I guess I am not sure on which point I was wrong? I thought for sure they were experimenting with electric cars before that, but forgive me if I was wrong. I guess I should've said "late" 19th century in retrospect.

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tekochip   4/7/2014 10:41:00 AM
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Debra;

DAT was used heavily in the music industry until hard drive recording was ready for prime time.

Probably another dog to add to the list would be Iomega's JAZ drive.  The JAZ drive was a 1G removable SCSI drive that had a fairly high failure rate.  The JAZ drive was also used for multitrack recording, and fortunatly those musicains that caught themselves with failed JAZ drive could replace the drive with a SCSI hard drive.  Also fortunate, by the time the JAZ drive failed in a recorder SCSI hard drives were cheap enough to be used as a drop-in replacement.

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78RPM   4/7/2014 12:08:33 PM
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Slide 3 reminds me that tightly proprietary architectures often fail.  Wang did its best to keep non-Wang peripheral devices out of its customers shops -- and look what happened to Wang.  On the other hand, Google made Android open source and gained dominant market share.

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Segway
Charles Murray   4/7/2014 7:32:28 PM
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Great post, Liz. I'm sure readers will have a lot of contributions, too. The standout for me was the Segway. Yes, as you point out, it has niche applications. But most of us would prefer walking to spending money on one of those things. It's a great example of developing an unncessary technology simply because it can be done.

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Daniyal_Ali   4/8/2014 1:47:36 AM
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I agree Charles. It's like we are trying to enforce technology in each and everything we do, even if it can be done more effectively without it, that too with a low-budget. But then again it could still be used by consumers who are not able to walk long distances, however then this invention becomes a matter of necessity instead of choice, which demonstrates the letdown of this invention as already mentioned by Liz.

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