Inspiring Technology Products Fail

Not all errors will lead to losses. This sentence seems right to express diverse set of embedded technology products that were once discarded now reaping great success.

The journey through a success is so steep, as well as with a technology product. Its presence can be quickly eroded or even become an inspiration for other new products.

The ranks of technology products that were previously discarded or considered wrong, although actually also not a few of this product line actually reaped success.

Mini-Disc


This cassette player music player device became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, enabled to play various types of music in the compact disc (CD) MP3 file format. However, this product can also be enabled to record the sound of music live.

Even in his day, not a few CDs of songs circulating on the market were the result of re-recording being copied into the music CD. Unfortunately, the popularity of this mini-disc is shifted by the presence of iPods and MP3 players on the market today. Although some people judge the birth of multimedia devices that exist today cannot be separated from the existence of previous mini-disc.

Betamax

Competition technology devices that exist today apparently also occurred at some time ago. It’s just like an analog video system (VHS) video recording product that has been rivaled by its replacement product Betamax.

However, Betamax technology is still not qualified to record a video with a longer duration. This product is considered a failure because it can only play video recording for 60 minutes, while VHS is able to produce a longer time 30 minutes.

However, the manufacturer (Sony) claims that Betamax is a product that does not allow the presence of movies with pornographic content. At that time the product with negative content was so sweet on the market, like the JVC produced by VHS.

Apple Newton

Perhaps few people know that Apple Newton is a product that pioneered the presence of existing iPad today. Apple Newton is a personal digital assistant (PDA) product that has the same functionality as Apple’s two mainstay products, iPad, and iPhone.

As mentioned, Apple Newton functioned as a lightweight mobile computing device. Inside are features such as calendar, calculator, currency conversion, time zone settings, and address book. In fact, this product is also claimed to be able to send a direct fax and equipped with a stylus accessory or a digital pen.

Helio

First introduced in 2006, but production stopped in 2010. Helio claimed as a pioneer product of existing smartphones, even these products are present as evidence of corporate commitment that match the company’s tagline.

“Do not call us a telephone company, call it a phone,” is meant is that the company not only produces mobile devices, but smartphones with functions more than just telecommunication devices.

Sprint is a manufacturer that produces and distributes HELI in a variety of interesting variants, one of which comes with a sliding keyboard design. This product sank in South Korea, but flown in the country of America.

Garmin Nuvifone

If there is a most famous map navigation device, of course Garmin is one of them. This company is the most popularized product with a car navigation system that many become a favorite user, although other reasons is because the application provided free.

Its popularity in 2008 is claimed as an inspiration for existing smartphone products that also embed the navigation system in its features. That’s just like navigation on Android devices and Apple products ie iPhone.

Clippy

Clippit or Clippy is Microsoft’s first office assistant who will be present when the user runs the Microsoft Office 2007 app. The system is built to help typing user-generated mail, even when wanting to insert an image into a post Clippy will appear.

After presenting the latest version that replaces the 2007 Microsoft Office app, Clippy is finally closed by Microsoft and is no longer showing. According to some information, Clippy’s system remains in use for its new digital assistant, Cortana?

Windows Phone (WP)

Windows OS-based mobile phones are still new in the mobile phone industry of the world, but who would have thought that this product would eventually be closed. However, that does not mean all Windows base phones will be eliminated, there are several series that were closed by Microsoft after acquiring Nokia (WP7 and Manggo).

The sale of this phone is rumored to drop dramatically. WP only shipped as much as 7.4 million until the second quarter of 2015. It was down by 9.4 percent from the same period last year, its market share of only 5 percent in the Americas. However, WP7 has been an inspiration and a motor for Microsoft to bring a new series of more fresh and sophisticated.

Smartwatch

Smart watches are actually not new when viewed from the history of its development. The reason is, this product has actually been present since 1970. Metamorphosis design from analog to digital can be regarded as an increasingly clever watch. In fact, its development in 2003, American computing manufacturer, HP, to bring back with its own built-in operating system, Palm.

After Palm appeared in 2004, Microsoft tried to present a new smart watch labeled Spot. However, the limited feature that can only present FM radio wave information was discontinued in 2008.

Predictably, the development of today’s smart clocks, even for other wearable products, such as the smart band bracelet is one of a generation of products inspired by Palm’s smart watches.

3D Television

Although not yet certain that the television with 3D technology will be turned off by some manufacturers, because the TV with 4K support (ultra-HD) technology is more enjoyed by consumers. However, it cannot be denied that the inspiration of the existence of TV with high-resolution ultra-HD support, even augmented reality (AR) technology originated from the presence of 3D TV technology.