Wearable tech - biggest disastersIt is not really a surprise that the wearables are failing so much. The wearables mean complexity, intelligence but as soon as you give it to a squishy human, a disaster will happen.
On the other hand, these humans had an important role in the evolution of technology.
The Com 1 Android Wear
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding site where this device appeared for the first time. Android stated that if they hit the money target, they will start to produce and send it at the start of 2015. The device would cost 125 dollars but the campaign disappeared due to a dispute with Google.
Fossil Wrist PDA
Fossil designed a wrist PDA with a Palm OS that was running on almost all pocket computers so it wasn't anything new. Fossil had to completely rewrite its code and adjust it so it will be able to run on a watch. They really tried but after 3 years, the poor sales of the PDA led to the stopping of the production.
In 1995, Nintendo's first and only try at virtual reality, Virtual Boy is basically the Oculus Rift's predecessor. It had pros but cons also and the production was cancelled eventually. The images were jumping, head tracking wasn't really the strong point and the user could get dizzy or experience nausea when using it. On the other hand the dual-sticked pad and the nascent application of virtual reality were brilliant.
It was literally one of the biggest gaming disasters that ever happened. A total of 1.26 million were sold worldwide which is a very small number in this case.
The Xybernaut Poma
This wearable was released back in 2002 and it was called a ''wearable computer'' but it wasn't that wearable at all. This was wearable as an elephant. It was running on the Windows CE OS and it had a display as big as ping-pong ball. It wasn't helping you with anything, it just made your life worse.
It also had a so-called virtual keyboard with an extreme price of 1500 dollars that you couldn't afford. If you compare it with a simple PDA, the PDA will win in any circumstances.
The MSN Direct Smart Watch
This device made by Microsoft can be compared anytime with the Wrist PDA. This Smart Watch was a part of the SPOT project of Microsoft in 2004. That project was about the FM radio waves that were able to transmit data to alarm clocks or coffee makers, instead of cellular signals.
Weather info and news were received on this Smart Watch. Also there was a feature that allowed you to receive short messages. These were good things but the problem was that the phones were getting smarter and smarter and this Smart Watch couldn't keep up with them.
The Fitbit Force
A nice wearable with many interesting features was released this year. It could analyze your sleep and your daily activity and it had an altimeter display. The OLED display was also one of the strong points but those points weren't enough in the end. People that used it, developed rashes on the skin on their wrists and due to this, the device stopped getting good reports and started receiving rashes reports. There were about 10.000 reports and the company was forced to close the production.
Eventually, Fitbit made a good image again but their health trackers will be always remembered and known by everyone.
The sports sunglasses manufacturer, Oakley developed some glasses that had an MP3 player, earbuds and one GB of storage. In the mid-2000's it was very normal to combine anything with an MP3 player as many other companies did.
This device was useless for the people who just wanted to listen music inside, not outside so this product wasn't their best idea. It was also making the wearer to look weird.