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When Cisco bought Flip Video maker Pure Digital in 2009 for $590 million, few expected that the company's prized device would be dead just two years later. The Flip Video camera was, after all, an immensely successful product, more affordable than its counterparts and extremely simple to use. Sadly, the device met is end this year as Cisco announced that it was closing down sections of its consumer electronics divisionWhy it died: Blame the smartphone. Like the GPS and MP3 player the dedicated camera is rapidly being replaced by power of devices like the iPhone. Of course, part of the blame also falls with Cisco, which has a track record of bad moves in the consumer electronics space.
A year after killing off the cassette-based Walkman, Sony did the same for its MiniDisc counterpart. Axed in September, the MiniDisc Walkman lived a long, surprising twenty-year product life.Why it died: Considering that Sony sold the device for two decades, its perhaps wrong to say that the MiniDisc Walkman died. Its time simply had come.
Announced December 2010, the Logitech Revue was the company's first effort at incorporating the Google TV operating system. Sadly, it never really stood a chance, as Logitech announced less than a year later that the Revue had run out of time. Logitech's investment in Google TV had cost the company over $100 million and the company was cutting its losses.Why it died: Launched at $300, the Revue was far, far more expensive than sub-$100 devices that accomplished the same tasks. Buggy and dogged by limited functionality at launch, the Revue has been a key effort in Google's efforts to disrupt the living room. Those efforts continue.