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7 Tech Features Nobody Wanted

7 Tech Features Nobody Wanted
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One of the more interesting new features of the iPhone 5s is its fingerprint reader — especially because, up until now, fingerprint readers have not been an especially popular feature on laptops or other consumer devices. Tech history is littered with cool ideas like this that never achieved great popularity. It's not easy to say why the tablet took off, while people still prefer to talk on audio-only phones. Everyone could watch TV on a phone, but most prefer to watch streaming video from services like Netflix on their phones. Here are a few tech trends that looked like they were going to take off, but for whatever reason, never got off the runway.

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    killerclick , September 14, 2013 4:55 AM
    I love it when some boardroom inspired hype bombs. Another item for this list: 3D that they've been trying to bring back every two decades since the 1950s.
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    joneb , September 14, 2013 6:48 AM
    Killerclick I think you don't get the sarcasm. These things are things that people didn't want but loved finally or will love. The problem is most people are not highly technical savvy so things need to be more than a great idea but be really simple to use, look cool and be convenient and so 3D will have its day when it meets these criteria as will VR, 3D printing and motion and voice control.
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    joneb , September 14, 2013 7:00 AM
    Sorry Killerclick the guy writing this is just a text book reader it seems. I looked at he pictures before opening my big mouth. None of these have met the criteria i posted yet. Neither did the tablet that came out years before the first Ipad until Apple found a way to meet the criteria for most people. To look at history is one thing but you must also study the psychology of people and understand the many reasons why they accept one thing over another.
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    joneb , September 14, 2013 7:07 AM
    Killerclick I think you don't get the sarcasm. These things are things that people didn't want but loved finally or will love. The problem is most people are not highly technical savvy so things need to be more than a great idea but be really simple to use, look cool and be convenient and so 3D will have its day when it meets these criteria as will VR, 3D printing and motion and voice control.
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    lorribot , September 14, 2013 1:46 PM
    Quadrophonic sound didn't really die it just evolved in to surround sound in Cinemas and then in to 7.1 systems seen in most home theater systems and computers. Yes it was ahead of its time but like all such Tech it never truly goes away, it just hangs around in the wings awaiting technology to be come cheap enough for it to have it's day in an updated form.
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    hoofhearted , September 16, 2013 9:10 AM
    Cloud anything should be in this list.
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    nosacredcow , September 19, 2013 8:57 AM
    Obviously never worked in the healthcare industry. My Lenovo tablet from 10 years ago used a fingerprint scanner. It was also linked to all of my browser passwords too.
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    GarethD , September 22, 2013 10:03 AM
    I know of many restaurants that use fingerprint readers to allow a waiter or manager access to the system to log table orders etc. as well as many other places using it as a simple form of access control at door for low security applications...
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