Epic Tech Fails

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:54am.
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What makes a new technology truly "sticky?" Why do certain technologies persist while some are ignored and/or replaced quickly by others? Do you think that Amazon's newest eReader Fire will be relegated to the technology "failyard" sooner rather than later? What are other examples of epic tech fails throughout history? A few that come to mind include the recent HP Tablet debacle & perhaps the failure of mini disks? I really thought those would catch-on... so shiny, so small & so cute! Apparently the cuteness factor would become more important later...

For a clearer view of this infographic visit this post from Mashable.com:

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Skanda Amarnath's picture
Skanda Amarnath Says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:34pm

what about the Segway?! remember when it was called "it"


Julia Martin's picture
Julia Martin Says:
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 10:23am

when I was in DC last year, I saw a guy walking his dog and talking on a cellphone while on a Segway. So I don't know if everyone's given up on it.


Skanda Amarnath's picture
Skanda Amarnath Says:
Tue, 10/04/2011 - 9:36am

True but remember those videos Dean Kamen made...first man crawled, then he walked, then he segway-ed


Demetri Lales's picture
Demetri Lales Says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:52am

The Tablet PC should not be an epic fail! I love how it's like a combination of a laptop and an ipad. The tablets also came with these pens so you can draw or write on the screen, I can't do that with my finger on the ipad!


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Fred Rossoff Says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:06am

I've used laserdiscs and zip drives. I don't think they're failures!