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9 inventions and technologies that seemed to be the future and were a failure

We welcome you to the museum of the technological failures. Every day we use services, applications and devices that have proven to be a success. Some of them are not even recent, but have been with us for several decades. Unfortunately, in the world of technology (in other fields it is the same) there is no room for everyone. Some inventions, many of them driven by large corporations, have fallen short of success. Do you want to know them? In this article we have compiled some examples. You may realize how far you have forgotten them. Let’s go there!

Google Glass: the glasses of the future

Google glasses will go down in history as one of the company’s least successful projects. All those who thought that Gafas Google They were the next revolution, they were diametrically wrong. It is true that the invention was curious and even managed to sell some units. Its purpose was to display the information available on the smartphone without the need to lower your gaze or use your hands. Probably much of its technology was used to spawn other important Google services that are succeeding, such as its voice assistant. However, its developers concluded that it was a complete failure when, in 2015, they decided to put an end to the project.

The third discord: Windows Phone

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If you read the word Windows it is logical that you think of laptops and desktops. We cannot deny that this is precisely the hallmark of Microsoft’s operating system. However, it also had its share in the world of mobile telephony. Windows Phone was called to be the third operating system in the world of smartphones. Without counting on Windows Mobile, used mainly in PDA or Pocket PC, Microsoft released 4 major versions. The end came with Windows 10 Mobile, which was discontinued in 2015. Many are those who claim that Microsoft was never truly committed to it or to the developers of the platform. In the midst of applications fever, the company failed to attract major studios. And the truth is that it was a shame, because Windows Phone was a good operating system and a promising alternative to the binomial that Android and iOS form today.

3D on TV: a passing fad

Oddly enough, for a while 3D was in fashion. Not only did it reach theaters in general, but manufacturers integrated it into their televisions. Perhaps it was the mandatory use of certain accessories, such as glasses, or that it was a little-necessary technology, but it never succeeded. Of course, it was not due to a lack of interest on the part of the different brands. Some even dared to take out mobile phones with a 3D screen. Even so, they did not succeed in making it on the market.

Apple and its butterfly keyboards

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Apple also has its place on this list of failures. One of the most recent was its butterfly keyboard. Contrary to what the company expected, its design caused users to experience many typos. Even some keys stopped working randomly. This nightmare ended in 2019 with the launch of a new MacBook Pro.

Modular mobiles

Modular mobiles were, on paper, an excellent idea. With them, users could choose the components of their phone in a more versatile way. In addition, the device took much longer to become out of date, since it allowed the updating of the different parts. Consumers never really bet on this concept even though it was included in some Motorola models and LG.

Facebook Home was not exactly a revolution

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Facebook also wanted to have its share in the smartphone pie. To achieve this, it reached some agreements with companies such as AT&T and HTC. The initial idea was to include an application launcher completely designed by the company in some devices. His name was Facebook Home and it allowed the user to interact with his friends on the social network in a simple way. Then came the Facebook Phone, which was hardly relevant in the market. Sadly, Mark Zuckerberg had to settle for Facebook being included in the form of bloatware on many Android devices.

Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon’s phone

TO Amazon things have been going very well as a device manufacturer. Its voice assistants with Alexa are a product that is sweeping the market. It also sells e-book readers that complement its online store. The company could even bring out its own televisions soon.

Despite all the popular products that he markets under his brand, there was one that never got off the ground. We refer to Amazon Fire Phone, which came with four front cameras and other functions designed to make shopping in the store more convenient. The problem? A completely exorbitant price and a series of specifications of dubious utility.

Identification thanks to the electronic DNI

How many times have you identified yourself using the chip of your electronic ID? Although the administration was in charge of subsidizing a large number of readers, its technology did not always work as expected. As has been shown, the DNIe has not been the success that was expected.

Google + was small before Facebook

We put an end to this review of technologies and services that never took off with Google +. This social network tried to unseat Facebook with very similar functions. Maybe that’s why he never got it. Generally speaking, it did not offer anything that its competitor did not have in its service. Of course, what we know today as Google Photos had its beginnings in the company’s social network. At first, as an add-on service. And a few years later, as an independent platform that did manage to be a resounding success.