10 consumer gadgets that bombed
The tech landscape is littered with electronic innovations that didn’t live up to expectations – or bombed from the get-go.
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you know, a lot of those gadgets were way ahead of their time do that why they didn't do well. i remember SEGA Dreamcast, a game console that first use CD. and now look at Xbox and PlayStation. and 3DO that was ahead of its time
what about 8Track? of course that lasted a little while befor Casettes doomed it.
Comcast Xfinity service also gives you a large selection of 3D material to watch, although the selection doesn't change often. New items are added as they're released for availability On Demand.
Also, the glasses, especially passive, were incredibly cheap. So incredibly cheap, all you had to do was BUY the TV and they (atleast Best Buy) will give you a 6-pack of 3D glasses, to go with the 2 pairs that come with the TV itself. And if you've ever gone to a 3D movie, you can bring those glasses home to use. Active glasses (offered by brands like Samsung which uses active technology) are the only expensive kind.
The real failure here is ESPN for only offering NEW 3D programming less than once or twice a month, while replaying old 3D programs over and over again. I love football, but I have no interest in watching the Chik-Fil-A Bowl from last year in 3D. And Comcast fails them because you can only watch the 'live' 3D programming with a specific cable box, yet you can watch On Demand 3D programming with a basic cable box.
I personally watch anything that's available to be watched in 3D in 3D because the depth make it seem much more entertaining to me. I own multiple 3D movies and enjoy them all, and I've seen dozens of 3D movies in the theaters, and really don't think they're as big a failure as all these 'consumer reports' make them out to be.
Who wrote that article about the Betamax? So much of it is off. For one thing, Sony is the inventor of the Betamax. They did not license the Betamax to other manufacturers until JVC came out with the VHS and licensed it to other manufacturers. When Sony realized this, they started to license the Betamax to other manufacturers, but by that time the VHS format was tracting popularity (although the Betamax is SUPERIOR). The Betamax was the first with these technologies over VHS:
Super Beta (VHS HQ was a year later)
ED Beta (versus Super VHS)
The Betamax technologies in all those categories are superior to the VHS equivalent.
Sony and other manufacturers made the Betamax well into the 1980s, and Sony kept making the Betamax well into the 1990s, but by this time, Sony was the only manufactuerer to continue the Betamax and ceased production by the mid 1990s.
If there was one technology that did not deserve its fate - it was the Betamax.
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