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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Oakley THUMP Sunglasses

oakley thumpSource: https://www.engadget.com/2007/11/05/oakleys-split-thump-the-relentless-pursuit-of-fail/

Back in 2004, Oakley released a combination of sunglasses and a Mp3 player. Sometimes combining two different devices can lead to a great product. Sadly, with poor sound quality and questionable fashion, the Oakley THUMP wasn’t it.



mpaquestSource: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Google-Maps-so-well-designed-compared-to-MapQuest-Bing-or-Yahoo-Maps

MapQuest started out as one of the premier internet browser maps but over time Google Maps dwarfed it in every way, including performance, API, and coverage.


Sega Dreamcast

Sega-dreamcast-setSource: http://www.goliath.com/gaming/10-reasons-why-the-sega-dreamcast-failed/?streamview=all

After the abysmal release of Sega Saturn, Sega was determined to make a strong comeback. The Dreamcast made an impressive launch with non-stop advertising but design flaws, financial woes, and the upcoming release of the Playstation 2 inevitably killed its momentum and became their last console.



AOLSource: http://fortune.com/2015/01/10/15-years-later-lessons-from-the-failed-aol-time-warner-merger/

America-On-Line, or AOL, was the largest internet service provider in the United States. The company’s success made it a corporate behemoth, but their merger with Time Warner and inability to keep up with broadband technology lead to their demise.



altavistaSource: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421516,00.asp

We’re not going to mince words, AltaVista was a gargantuan dumpster fire of failure. Originally the project was just like Google, but two years earlier. It indexed the entire web, cached it, and even had name recognition. But no one thought you could monetize search engines back then and its owner, Compaq, had no vision. After it was sold from company to company like an unwanted puppy, it ultimately got shut down by Yahoo!

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