Evolution led to several inventions but despite all those successful innovations there are still some pretty innovative ones which failed miserably.
Mattel Intellivision was a game console released in 1979. The Intellivision console developed after the Atari 2600, it had better graphics and sound capabilities and was the first 16-bit gaming system which allowed downloadable games via cable. Despite all this, Mattel wasn’t successful. The Atari sold 10 times more.
The Laserdisc, also known as “DisoVision” became the first digital home video format in 1978. This appeared with just 2 years after the videocassettes. The video and audio quality of the Laserdisc exceeded any VCR. The compact discs were based on the same technology. Despite their quality, the discs were heavy and could be easily damaged.
The Cinerama was the first widescreen projection format. In order to project a Cinerama film meant projecting 35mm projectors simultaneously onto a gigantic curved screen. In order to do so, they needed skilled projectionists and expensive modifications and that made the Cinerama fail.
What was then the Quadrophonic Sound is what we now call4.0 surround sound. The Quadrophonic Sound was meant to replicate the experience of live sound on speakers and it did. The inventors couldn’t decide on which format to produce the sound and were eclipsed by Dolby.
The name of QR of these codes comes from quick response and since the smartphones and other devices that could read them, they have appeared everywhere. The problem is that no one knows what to do with them. Once you do figure it out, you will receive intrusive advertising.
The DAT was introduced in 1987 and were used to record digitally, at CD quality or even better. They were way better, more durable and portable than even CD’s but because the music industry was concerned with piracy, they buried this technology for consumer use.
As seen in every movie made in the 90’s, 3-d computers generated imagery is virtual reality. Even in the beginning of the 90’s, there were games such as Dactyl Nightmare which introduced you into the gameplay. The technology wasn’t advanced enough and so it failed.
Before the modern iPod, Apple released the Apple Newton which was basically the first PDA and despite being truly innovative, it was a total failure because of its high price, looks and inaccurate handwriting recognition system.
This is probably one of the biggest tech flops. The DivX was made for all those who wanted to “rent” movies digitally, but it was wrongfully implemented. The idea was simple but after renting the movie you had to buy a separate player and so it wasn’t successful.