13 Technologies That Died on Arrival

The tech world today is both cutthroat and fast-paced. Products are announced and launched in the same day, and the future of billion-dollar corporations hang in the balance. Will consumers eat up their product, or will they take one look and stick with what they’ve already got? There have been several notable pieces of technology that simply died on arrival because consumers just did not value the product as much as developers thought they would. Here are a few that you may remember well.

1. Virtual Boy

In 1995, Nintendo released a new video game console called Virtual Boy that they thought would take over the market. It was a head-mounted display with handheld controller that allowed users to experience their 22 videogames in stereoscopic 3D graphics. Instead of being the hit that Nintendo had hoped, the system was a universal flop. Either because the 3D effects weren’t actually that effective or because the games were poorly produced, sales began to drop dramatically. The system took four years to produce and was off the shelves in just a few months.

Evan Amos