25 Worst Gadget Flops of All Time

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Mark Spoonauer

Obsessed with tech since the original PalmPilot, Mark Spoonauer is responsible for the editorial direction of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for more than 15 years. He became editor-in-chief of the site in 2013. Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He speaks at key tech industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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  • TechyInAZ
    LOL. Fun read. :)

    I remeber when those hover boards were all the hype a year ago. I didn't know that the fire issues and other accidents were that bad until now.
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Glad you liked it. Hoverboards are actually trying to make a comeback, and I wish them good luck...
  • Flightless Bird
    This shows me a bunch of different things; (1) tech companies have so much money that they can just throw a lot around to develop products and hope something works out and the ones that do work out cover their losses and still keep them well in the black. Its somewhat like the movie business and I have read more than one movie exec frankly admit that no one in that industry really knows what will work. If you did the same kind of analysis for movies you would find so many busts with big name stars that you would be left scratching your head. (2) It also should make us realize or understand that tech executives aren't the god-geniuses that the tech/nerd press and all the other camp followers want to make us believe they are (for a brilliantly funny take on that see Bill Burr go off on Steve Jobs on YouTube). and (3) and this may be difficult to articulate so maybe its not a real point after all, but almost all of the busts were in the personal computing/tech product category and it wasn't that the functionality as the company envisioned wasn't desired by the average gung ho tech consumer; it was, in fact, highly desired, but the satisfaction with the offering quickly collapsed leaving the consumers not in a state of tech dis-satisfaction but simply hungering for more but a "functional more". So, its "tinker, tinker, tinker" "brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm" back at the corporate R&D ranch lab to meet the bottomless thirst pit of the consumer maw. Eventually they get it 'right' and everyone can settle down in his or her cozy little electronic nest!
  • opt1mystyq
    Was expecting to see the LG Curve on here did anyone ever buy that thing?
  • Marty_10
    I am so proud, i never owned any of those disasters.. A few i considered but realized it was a fail and never bit on any of em! Do i get a prize?