The Un-Coolest Gadget Is…


For as many cool gadgets there are in the world there are plenty of gadget failures. We all probably invested in Betamax, Laserdisc or some other technology that didn’t take off. Sounded like a great idea at the time, right? The famous UK TV program The Gadget Show recently polled 1000 viewers to determine the biggest gadget disaster of all time. Some were good technology, but were executed poorly and competitors pounced. Some were ridiculous technology that customers never adopted. But they all have one thing in common – they failed.

The winner of this not-so-prestigious title? The Sinclair C5 battery and pedal powered three-wheeler, launched in the mid 80s. Yep, you don’t see many of those on the roads. Nor did you ever as they only sold 20,000 units. Other gadget fails to make the list include Betamax, Sega Game Gear, Pizza Scissors and Rabbit mobile phones. OK, so maybe requiring a sort of receiver box in proximity to the phone wasn’t the greatest idea. But the company went on to become Orange – so they have seen their fair share of success. View the top 10 list of gadget on the Daily Mirror’s site and think about these fails the next time you ante up for new gadgets.

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mike Says: March 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

i would say Laserdisc and Sega Game Gear were failures. they were just victims of cut throat technological advancements. in fact, Laserdisc and Sega Game Gear, like Neogeo, were pretty huge in Asia. so they were actually pretty successful to some extend.

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