Not everything is an iPad: Gadgets That Never Caught On

In recent years iPads, smartphones, and Kindles have been some of the most in demand gadgets on the market. But not all tech is created equal. Companies can’t predict what’s going to become popular, no matter how much they love it. Here are a couple that never quite caught on.

Famous tech failures

Apple TV: It seems like a good idea—a device that lets users buy TV series and movies from iTunes then stream them on their TVs, computers, and mobile devices. The drawback? Besides YouTube, the device doesn’t permit many non-iTunes options.

Sony Mylo: You may not remember the Mylo. That is because it came and went without eliciting much response from consumers. This Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device enabled consumers to connect to the Internet, send e-mail, and hold online chats. It also came with Skype for free Internet calls. Unfortunately for Sony, the iPhone and its massive app store simply overwhelmed the Mylo.

The Segway peters out

Segway PT: It was thought that the Segway PT would replace cars in cities. It made it easy for people to just zip to the market or make the short commute downtown. But it never quite caught on. Unfortunately for the manufacturers, people believed balancing on two wheels made them look a little silly.
The CueCat doesn’t purr

CueCat: The CueCat was a handheld barcode reader shaped like a cat. Consumers would use it to scan any barcode and it would navigate them to the company’s website. This did not catch on but did it pave the way for QR codes?