HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
4/7/2014

Image 1 of 15      Next >

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)
Somewhere between audiocassettes, compact discs, and iTunes, there were DATs. Back in the early 1990s, they were meant to be the next major format for recording and playing music. Sony introduced the signal recording and playback medium in 1987. Alas, aside from making some headway in the digital recording milieu, DATs never really took off. They have become a forgotten format in the era of digital music.(Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Somewhere between audiocassettes, compact discs, and iTunes, there were DATs. Back in the early 1990s, they were meant to be the next major format for recording and playing music. Sony introduced the signal recording and playback medium in 1987. Alas, aside from making some headway in the digital recording milieu, DATs never really took off. They have become a forgotten format in the era of digital music.
(Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Image 1 of 15      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 9/9
tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
Fun Stuff
tekochip   4/7/2014 9:29:47 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lessons to be Learned.
Elizabeth M   4/7/2014 9:25:37 AM
NO RATINGS
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?

Daniyal_Ali
User Rank
Platinum
Lessons to be Learned.
Daniyal_Ali   4/7/2014 8:59:23 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

<<  <  Page 9/9
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
Apple’s latest watchOS update, which is set to be released this fall, will finally usher in an era of killer apps for the Apple Watch.
Design News Webinar Series
6/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/24/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/11/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
8/13/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 3 - 7, Developing, Testing, and Troubleshooting IPv4 and IPv6 Using Wireshark
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course August 25-27:
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service