Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[5]: Comment by tupp
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 7th Aug 2013 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tupp"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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Hard to argue with that. I just thought the ipod sock was fun/awesome. The hockey puck mouse was just about the worse thing they've ever made. In order to succeed you have to be willing to fail on some level.

I think when looking at apple or the things it does, people pay way too much attention to what they do, as opposed to why they do things when the do things. That's the important thing. There is a certain time when a development will fail regardless of how good of an idea it is, because the things that will make that a great idea don't exist yet. Having the idea for a steam engine 100,000 years ago, was kind of pointless as there wasn't any material strong enough to build it. Kind of like Babbage and his machine. Having lungs to breath oxygen was a terrible adaptation, if there wasn't any oxygen.

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