Five Technology Innovations that Had a Cult Following but Never Took Off

Five Technology Innovations that Had a Cult Following but Never Took Off

November 19

There always seems to be some technology that we love but no one else has the same interest. The end-result is the technology fails and it’s removed. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the technology in the future. Some of these technologies are morphed into something different, and they are repackaged under another brand.

Google Buzz

Google Buzz almost made it mainstream, but it didn’t make the cut for most users. Buzz tried to be a mini social app incorporated into Gmail. However, with Twitter and other social networks, Google Buzz was cancelled and is no longer functional. G+ is Google’s new social media outlet, and it’s much more popular and mainstream than its predecessor.

Video Conferencing and Calls

Back when the technology boom was first starting off and the telecom companies were accelerating, the latest and greatest for landlines was incorporating data over voice connections. This led to video calls. The problem was that both the caller and the recipient needed video phones for it to work. While it was popular in movies, video landline phones never took off.

IBM’s OS/2

Microsoft dominated the market with its Windows operating system. Several companies tried to push Microsoft off of its throne and take some of the operating system market. Linux, Apple, and IBM threw in contenders. Linux and Apple were able to carve a niche into the market, but IBM’s OS/2 never took off even though it was made by one of the strongest tech companies at the time.

Sega Dreamcast

The Sega Dreamcast came after the Sega Saturn lost the market. The Dreamcast was supposed to have advanced Internet connections and graphics, but it couldn’t keep up with Sony and Nintendo. The Sega Dreamcast had better graphics than other consoles on the market, but the Playstation 2 was released shortly after it launched, and the PS2 took over the market.

Microsoft Zune

Even big companies make mistakes, and that includes Microsoft. Microsoft tried to take over the MP3 market with its Zune. Zune had a following, but Apple’s iPod was just too strong. Apple later released the iPhone, which incorporated iTunes and allowed users to port over MP3s between devices. Shortly after the Zune launched, Microsoft was forced to pull the plug on its technology.

It’s disappointing when we lose our favorite device to its failure to go mainstream, but it’s soon forgotten and replaced by something better.

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