Do me a favor real quick. Pull out your phone and go on Instagram, Facebook or any social media platform and start scrolling. How many ads do you see? How many startup companies pop up on your feed claiming that they have some revolutionary product that’s going to change the world as we know it?
In this technological era that we currently live in, creating platforms for hopeful entrepreneurs to showcase their latest product or idea has never been easier! Sites like Kickstarter have definitely seen its fair share of unique and interesting concept products. However, in this vast sea of technology, just because it’s new and gimmicky, doesn’t necessarily make it a good product. Here are the top 5 biggest technology failures ever created.
#5: Sinclair C5
Look, laugh at me if you want, but I personally think that this thing looks awesome! I mean, the fact that the hoverboard (that caught on fire by the way), became worldwide trending, but this thing never got any respect on the market is a crime to me.
The Sinclair C5 was an English alternative to bicycles and cars that was released in 1985. The problem here was that the product failed to meet ANY of the necessary requirements that satisfied either market with a top speed of 15 miles per hour and a short battery life. A mere three months after its unveiling the production of the C5 had already been slashed by 90%. Out of the 14,000 units produced, only 5,000 were sold. However, as of today, the C5 has become a cult item for collectors around the world despite its colossal failure. It is known as one of the “great marketing bombs of postwar British industry”.
However, in my opinion, perhaps if this product was marketed today in a different fashion it would be more successful. Imagine if this had just been advertised as a children’s toy bike or a way for tired flyers to travel around airports. Perhaps the product would have had much better reception is the expectations were lowered a little bit.
The year is 2006. It was a simpler time. The Motorola Razr was still on the list of cell phones to have, and people still needed mp3 players to listen to music. For all you kids out there, Spotify wasn’t exactly around in the mid 2000’s. Believe it or not, we actually needed SEPARATE devices from our phones so your dad could jam out to his favorite Spice Girls album. In the year 2006, Microsoft attempted to take on the market of mp3 players with the release of the Microsoft Zune.
So what was wrong with it?……well not much really…. The Zune actually had favorable reviews and not too many issues to write home about. However, its biggest issue was who it was competing against: The Apple iPod. In the mid-2000’s the iPod already had a practical monopoly on the market. EVERYONE wanted one. The brand name stranglehold was so strong that any alternatives to an iPod was basically (and unfairly), deemed lame and inferior. I was one of the kids that had a Zune and while I can say that it was a pretty great device, the people just wanted an iPod more.
#3: Google Nexus Q
What exactly is the Google Nexus Q? A fancy bowling ball? Paper weight? By the looks of the photo below it also seems to make a pretty great door stop.
Believe it or not, the Nexus Q wasn’t initially designed to simply prop open our doors. In the year 2012, It was supposed to be a media streamer much like the Roku, Firestick or Chromecast. However, while those devices would cost you less than $100.00 each, the Nexus Q was $299.00! Want some speakers? Boom! $399.00. Also, the Nexus Q needs cables too, so that’ll run you another 50 bucks as well.
The Nexus Q was doomed from the start. It could only stream from very limited sources, had multiple connection issues and you needed an app to change the simplest of settings. Google announced that they wanted to make the Nexus Q better after negative feedback from consumers. However, they never went through with the relaunch and gave away the remaining prototypes. Maybe that’s for the best.
At first glance, the Juicero actually seems like an awesome device. Essentially this machine was a Keurig type machine that squeezes separately sold pouches into fresh juice. Drawbacks? Well for starters, the machine cost $700.00, and then the real kicker is, YOU DIDN’T EVEN NEED THE MACHINE!
That’s right! According to Bloomberg News, you could simply squeeze the pouches by hand, it would the give out the exact same quantity and quality of juice. When news got out about this fact, Juicero had no choice but to refund customers for their machine. This flop isn’t due to a bad idea, but due to being borderline scandalous and Juicero became defunct in 2017.
#1: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
In the battle between Android and Apple, it has become apparent to me that when it comes to popularity, Apple always seems to have the edge (and I’m an Android guy). However, that doesn’t stop Android from always trying to come up with a new device that’ll thwart the behemoth that is the Apple iPhone. However, in order to do that, they’d need something good…..something…..fire.
When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 in August of 2016, fire is exactly what they delivered! By September of 2016, over 35 phones have reportedly burst into flames. Samsung’s reputation took a big hit and they were forced to recall all devices and sent out a software update that made all exising devices useless. Note 7’s were even banned on airplanes due to one catching fire on an aircraft. When Samsung went to release the next hottest phone in 2016, they sure did deliver.