Call it what you may, old tech, one hit wonders but here are some of the technologies that died with the year 2020.
Introduced to the world in 2012 and retailing for $1500 a piece. The futuristic device made us feel like we were in a star trek episode. Featuring a tiny speaker that sat on one side of the handle behind the ear; a cube on one eye with a tiny display, head touch controls from the side panel and the all important camera.
The whole idea was that you could ask google questions and get answers displayed on the tiny display in front of your eye. Also you could record videos and live stream from your google glass camera and share it.
After two decades of almost no one zip zapping around on one of those two wheeler, the company has decided it will no longer make any more Segways. But I will give them credit for inspiring a new generation of two wheel self balancing transportation devices.
Segway Inc is moving unto bigger and better things such as the company’s first Smart eBike; they also recently unveiled a self driving chair called the SPOD as well as a self balancing board with an AI robot attached. Not entirely sure what that does to help with riding.
Quick to jump in, quit to jump out of the screaming business. Quibi with all the massive investments of 1.7 billion dollars behind it and all the hype around the service as the challenger to TikTok, Instagram and snap-chat.
Launched in April of 2020 with the idea of limiting every video to 10 minutes or less and you could only watch it on smart phones. The streaming service quickly realised not everyone was interested and slowly died out of the digital conscientiousness. Quibi Qui-bye
The company launched its first and only smart phone called the PH-1 in 2017.
With hope of changing the smart phone world they promised no headphone jack and magnetic connectors for accessories like camera lenses. They explored other prototypes but they did not make it to the production. They said goodbye to the smart phone industry in 2020.
After 35 years of existence and dominating the laptop world from the 90’s to the early 2000’s, Toshiba retired from service. Hanging its hat proudly as one of the brands that lasted this long. They sold the last piece of the Japanese company to Sharp which changed the laptop name to dynobook. Farewell Toshiba.
What other big tech names would close shop in 2021, your guess is as good as mine.