You make a very good point, 78RPM. Proprietary may have worked very early on with technology, but indeed, opening things up is the way to go now. I think Apple and Microsoft have been two companies that managed to stay proprietary, but there seem to be cracks in that strategy now for both companies.
Thanks, Chuck! Yes, the Segway was the first thing that popped to mind when I was compiling this list. I used to see people on Segway tours near the Marina when I lived in SF and just thought people looked so silly. It's sort of become an invention of ridicule, with people parodying cops on Segways in movies. Yes, it has its uses, but in my opinion it was a somewhat unnecessary invention.
You're welcome, Debera, I enjoyed doing this slideshow. Yes, DAT was one that just was at the mercy of technology moving too fast, I agree. I remember I used DAT once when I was recording music with a band I was in, but it was obsolete so fast I never had anything to listen to the tape on later! It had to be mastered to a CD for me to have a copy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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