Gadgets That Almost Made It...But Didn't


There are many gadgets that became an icons but there are also many gadgets that considered to be a flop or did not reached in production stage like the Apple MacPhone / Photo by: Bloritz via Wikimedia Commons


Odd-looking devices were usually released to test which ones would perform the best, so the result was that there were a lot of them. Even so, many of these gadgets did not really hit the mainstream market.

Fast forward to today and a lot more devices have actually slipped by unnoticed. Here are a few of these devices.

Microsoft Courier. Designed as a sort of an iPad competitor, the Courier was built like a diary, with two screens that could fold together. The two-inch touch screens also allowed for touch technology that would allow users to “drop items between the screens with a swipe gesture.” It also came with a stylus. My Smart Price reports that Microsoft did not pursue the production of the Courier beyond the prototypes.

Apple MacPhone. Apple was, in many ways, a trailblazer, a company that had pushed for the success of ideas in the phone industry that once seemed so crazy but are now a reality. Their MacPhone, however, was something that failed to pass muster.

Designed as a phone and a tablet in one, the MacPhone was supposed to provide both landline as well as a tablet for sending emails. The stylus-operated tablet was where users could write their email and send it straight through the use of the MacPhone. It could have been something amazing, except it was doomed to fail after Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985.

Project Ara. In principle and even in style, Modu’s failed Project Ara modular phones look much like those we have now, but the difference was that Modu, which was a start-up eventually bought by Google, wanted to make the phones work in accordance to what the user wanted it to be.

For those who don’t know, modular phones are basically phones that users can customize according to their own needs. It’s that kind of concept that led Google into helping out with the project.

Eventually, it fell flat, as “supporting so many different types of modules would have also been chaotic for Android developers.”