I started this blog in 2009 (at that time I was at the Future Centre of Telecom Italia) and I remember 3 years later I engaged a student to look back on those posts to see how many of the innovations that were announced, and that I reported, did actually make to the market and for those that disappeared to find out the “whys”.It was for a theses on innovation and we agreed that a look at what went wrong was as informative as looking at what turned out to be a success. Of course, one of the advantage at looking at failures was that we had much more material to consider.
I am still using part of that study in my teaching on impact of innovation.
All of that came back to my mind when I stumbled on the Museum of Failures. You can browse the collection of the Museum here.
I am posting this because I found interesting to go back in time and see quite a number of products that I either tried (like the Apple Newton -do you remember it? the Philips Video 2000 – I got really close to buy it! the Sony Betamax – I opted for the VHS, the Iridium – I worked on it …).
I chose as picture the 3D television. I remember the hype around it but in spite of the strong advertisement push it just faded away.
Take a look down memory lane.