Five Good Ideas and Five Unsuccesful Products

CIO has a great article about 5 products:

  1. the Magnavox Odessey (before my time)
  2. the Xerox Star (saw one at CHI’98 in LA)
  3. the Commodore Amiga (I think there is one in my basement)
  4. the Apple Newton (sold it a couple of years ago)
  5. and the Gateway Destination (ahh, I’m really more of a Mac person)

The article talks about how great technologies and products are not always successes. I think I owned a number of the innovations, and it is amazing to realize how many great products were failures.