25 Most Embarrassing Technological Failures

Over the last thirty years, new technology has lead to amazing new products. The breakneck pace of innovation forced many tech companies to take great risks. Sometimes these ideas were ahead of their time, but people just weren’t ready for it. Mostly, though, they weren’t any good in the first place. Ready to see the devices with eggs on their face? Here are 25 most embarrassing technological failures.

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QR Codes

qr codesSource: http://marketingland.com/the-death-of-the-qr-code-37902

QR Codes were supposed to be a technological marvel that would revolutionize the way companies marketed to consumers. Unfortunately, the inconvenience and internet connectivity requirement made it too difficult a process. They may be everywhere but few actually use them.

24

Playstation EyeToy

eyetoySource: https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/6-pieces-of-failed-playstation-hardware.html/?a=viewall

When the Playstation EyeToy came out for Playstation 2 in 2003, webcams were just becoming popular. No one really understood what the device could do or was for and it didn’t help that few games were compatible or it.


23

TiVo

tivoSource: http://www.curiousmarketeer.com/2015/09/case-study-why-tivo-failed/

While TiVo created great brand marketing, it didn’t understand its customer or the industry it was working within. Instead of working with cable companies, it worked against them, and soon people would just get a cable company provided DVR rather than go to the store to buy a TiVo. Instant streaming eating away at the cable industry didn’t help much either.

22

Blackberry

blackberrySource: http://business.time.com/2013/09/24/the-fatal-mistake-that-doomed-blackberry/

For a time, Blackberry was the prominent smartphone in the market. But most of the people who used them were business people. Once the iPhone came out and attracted average consumers, the Blackberry suddenly looked like an ancient piece of technology. Failing to anticipate the shift in the market, Blackberry fell like a brick.


21

Pebble

pebbleSource: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/12/16/why-did-pebble-fail/

While Pebble was able to get to the smart wearables market faster than most other companies, they weren’t able to capture enough of the market before FitBit and Apple. Pebble failed because it was squeezed out and made irrelevant.



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