Virtual reality and its oversize helmets. The Segway scooter. AT&T's Picturephone from 1964? These tech innovations and more were supposed to change your life. Whoops!
AT&T Picturephone (1964)
Bubble Memory (1970s)
Virtual reality (1990s)
Internet appliances (circa 2000)
Foveon X3 camera technology (2002)
Municipal Wi-Fi (2004)
RFID everywhere (2004/2005)
HD Radio (2006)
Google Wave (2009)
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In 2006, Microsoft's Origami architecture was supposed to usher in a new class of computers called Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers, or UMPCs. These small, touchscreen devices would provide instant access to information using a tablet version of Windows XP. (Shown here: UMPCs from Samsung, left, and Asus.)
What Microsoft, Intel and various hardware makers failed to realize -- aside from the fact that no one wanted to pay upward of $1,000 for one of these things -- was that touchscreen smartphones would soon dominate this very niche. Now, the UMPC is regarded as a big-time tech flop.
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