Archive for the ‘biggest tech product failures’ Category
Part of the reason why Apple got everything so right with the iPod is that they realized that what they had gotten so wrong with the Newton was the form factor.
But that’s the point, Vista is both too little too late and too much too late. Too little in the sense that there isn’t a great deal that Vista does that either XP doesn’t do already or that OSX does better. Too much in the sense that computers are 10 thousand times faster and yet all Vista does with that is over animate the opening and closing of windows and over glossify the UI.
Above all, why is it that it took more than ten years to be able to search your own computer as quickly as all of the world’s public computers, combined, with an Internet search?
Enter Dean Kamen, a designer who took the massively successful 200 year old bicycle concept, moved the wheels so that they are along side each other and had to add thousands of dollars worth of state of the art electronics to stop it falling over.
The end result is a product that is to Ben Hur’s chariot, what a Lada is to a Lamborghini.
The Segway would be my choice for the worst designed tech. product of all time, because it is the epitome of the proverbial sledgehammer used to crack a nut. Good design is about elegance and simplicity, not unnecessary technical prowess.
a.) pimped out like Vegas brothel and designed to go at 6 times the legal speed limit
b.) Built like a Sherman tank, so that in a collision other vehicles are vaporized while your kids are still in the back seat, happily playing eye spy.
Take one look at the C5 and try not to laugh.