But These Were Expected To Become "The Next Big Thing" (24 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       23 Apr 2021       9023       16 GALLERY VIEW

"Not entirely relevant, but I liked the trend where everybody wanted the smallest cell phone possible. For 20 years cell phones got smaller and smaller. Often being the main selling point of the phone.

Then all of sudden you could watch videos on your phone, and almost overnight the trend reversed to “larger is better”"


" The Segway. It was supposed to change the way everyone lived. The invention of the century or something like that. A really big deal."


"Airship travel. These were the next, awesome way to travel long distances; in fact the spire on top of the Empire State Building was meant as an anchoring point for airships.

The Hindenburg kind of put a damper on it, though"


"Google Glass"


Izismile Videos

"3D TV"




"The European Super League."


"Google+ was supposed to be the answer to Facebook"



"The Panama Papers"


"The "Dark Universe" cinematic universe, starting with 2017's THE MUMMY."


"This one might be a bit obscure just because I've only ever met one other person familiar with it, but Google's Project Ara modular smartphone was looking like it could've been the end all be all of smartphones.

Based off the Phonebloks idea of having a Lego-like hot-swappable module phone, the idea was that you could switch out any components of the phone on the fly. Camera, fingerprint scanner, even different quality screens. Conceptually, it really looked like it could take over the phone market, as it would lead to people not having to buy whole new phones anymore, but rather replacement or upgraded parts to a phone they already liked, thereby reducing costs and increasing utility.

You don't want a phone with 5 cameras that inflate the cost unnecessarily? Just buy a one camera module. You want a 1440P Super Amoled screen to replace your 720P regular screen? Buy one and swap it in.

However, like many Google projects, it died off for myriad reasons and the longstanding era of $1000 dollar smartphone slabs lived on."


"Hoverboards? I remember in a span of 3 months everyone had them and showed them off and then they just disappeared."



"Mini disc"


"McDonald's pizza."


"The area 51 raid."


"Windows phones."



"Xbox Kinect"


"Dip N Dots...

Been the "Ice Cream Of The Future" for 40 years now it seems."


"What ever happened to those curved televisions? I remember seeing one on an advert a few years back bit havent seen or heard about them since."



Technically it was a hit! Right until it flopped when people figured out the whole 'inhaling rockfibers is not healthy' thing..."



"At the time video calling with your phone completely flopped because 3G couldn't support it. There was so much advertising about this thing that was meant to be huge but the tech really didn't work yet. But it did blow up later on with 4G, better phones, wifi in more public spaces."



"The Wii U"



"Lazer discs the size of records."



"Hat streaming service that lasted like two months. ‘Qubi’ or ‘Qupi’ I think?

Even bad timing aside (a mobile based streaming service at a time when no one could really leave their house) the marketing was just horrible. I saw ads for it for nearly a week before I realized it was a new video streaming service, and by that point was so annoyed by the ads untrusting everything I didn’t care at all, just out of spite. Also I mean it was just YouTube you have to pay for and got worse content."



"Amazon’s shopping buttons. They pushed really hard for those and I never saw the point."



Still remember half the movies being blue and the others red."



"QR Codes.

After so many years, they're finally getting some traction during Covid. I wonder if it will last."



"The 2010 live action avatar: the last air bender movie"



"Sega’s Dreamcast"



"Hydrogen cars were a promising new form of motorized vehicle. They were supposed to be incredibly good for the environment, emitting only water as the exhaust. They exist, but not like how some people imagined. I was a pretty big hydrogen car believer at the time. There are some hydrogen stations, but mostly centered around California. Thing is that the hydrogen is quite expensive and not very efficient compared to smaller engines, hybrids, and EV’s. The hydrogen is also somewhat inefficient to produce, store, and distribute as well.

You can actually get a hydrogen car though, they’re out there. The Toyota Mirai is a really good example. Out of all hydrogen cars, that one is definitely most popular. In fact, Toyota pays for $15,000 worth of hydrogen in your first few years of ownership since it’s so expensive. This means that for your first 3-ish years of owning one, you might not have to pay a penny in fuel. As you can see I’m still a hydrogen advocate. Don’t expect to be able to take it very far from your nearest hydrogen station though."




"Google Wave. It was supposed to replace email with a more collaborative approach. Essentially it was like a dynamically-created discussion board you'd share with select people and you could have a more readable discussion than one with a bunch of forwards and CCs and the like.

I thought it was a good idea, but it flopped big time and Google got rid of it after a few years."



" Zune"



"The virtual boy"



"Quadraphonic entertainment systems in the early 1970s, were supposed to replace stereophonic systems. Now they are chiefly remembered for inspiring the name of The Who's second rock opera."



"The Sabre Triangle Tablet"





"Johnny Manziel"



"Ouya and microconsoles in general"



"Mixer, Microsoft's Twitch.

Failed spectacularly. "



"Solar roadways"



"Smart diapers!

I’m pretty sure Pampers sells them but imagine it won’t be long before they’re discontinued.

It’s an idea that’s been posted on Mommy blogs, childcare forums, magazines, news articles. Every so often I’ll see a story online while doing some childcare research.

I don’t know a single parent, nanny, early childhood educator, caregiver that has or wants to use a smart diaper. The only way I could see it being useful is for night or for a special needs child.

The idea is still being pushed as a “luxury” item for millennials but it’s just nonsense. What’s even funnier is that the tech is almost backwards. Cloth diapering has become insanely popular!"



"P.T. demo"



"Allstar Weekend"




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Margaret 2 year s ago
Monty 2 year s ago

Wrong on all counts.
Vallie 2 year s ago
Seen a vid of a hydrogen powered vehicle go all Hindenburg when it got T-boned.
Indiana Jones 2 year s ago
Vallie,The Hindenburg was not hydrogen powered. the ballon part was filled with hydrogen to make it lightweight.
Lola 2 year s ago
Indiana Jones,

They never said it was... just that the car blowing up was reminsent of the mental image of the Hendenburg. Plus, hydrogen provided upward momentum, meaning it is a source of power.
Jos 2 year s ago
#23 I knew Quadrophenia was an album and a movie, but I had no idea it was originally a rock opera.
salamoon 2 year s ago
#1 i still want smaller smartphone.... there are very few of them.
Thaddeus 2 year s ago
Only one I fell for was the Kinect. It wasn't that much extra and it did come with one game that the younger kids had fun with. Later I got a horror game thinking that could be creepy on the kinect but it was in fact quite lame. I returned it before a week had passed.
Eph 2 year s ago
The Hindenburg thing wasn't the reason why the airships disappeared. They are slow, expensive and extremely vulnerable to wind, thunderstorms and such. They are cool, yes, but completely useless compared to planes
Thursa 2 year s ago
#12 They disappeared because they burned everyone's house down!
Russ 2 year s ago
1992 phone network Greenpoint/Kermit. You could call only at marked locations (airport/trainstations/tankstations). Was not even a bad idea, but was caught up by mobile phone network as we know it today!
Lidia 2 year s ago
Solar power replacing fossil fuels
Wind power replacing fossil fuels
Gravity batteries
Global cooling
Global warming
Judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin.
Raccoon 2 year s ago
Pink Floyd had a quadraphonic sound system during the Wish You Were Here tour. I saw them play at Ivor Wynne Stadium in '75 - it was great!
Roge 2 year s ago
The next big thing "Psychiatric meds/drugs work to fix brain imbalances." The truth is that there are no brain imbalances until people start taking drugs. If the psychiatric medications work why is the percentage of the population mentally ill going up and not down?
Hodge 2 year s ago
VHS vs Betamax. I almost bought the Lazer Disk player, but settled for VHS.
Along those lines - Blockbuster.
Wine Coolers, the White Claw of Generation X
Ephraim 2 year s ago
Beer and big titties are always in demand.
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