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CES fails of the 21st Century

We have a look at some hot products which did not live up to the hype after launching at CES. Some were simply far ahead of their time.
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Topic: CES
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Sony e Villa

Sony released this Internet appliance in 2001. It had a 266MHz Geode GX1 CPU and 24 MiB flash memory. It weighed 31.5 pounds and contained a 56k V.90 modem.

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Microsoft SPOT watch

The Microsoft SPOT Watch smartwatch was ahead of its time when it was announced in 2003. SPOT stood for Smart Personal Object Technology. This was an initiative by Microsoft to personalize household electronics and other everyday gadgets.

Development stopped in 2006 and officially shut down in 2008.

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Kerbango

The Kerbango was introduced in 2000. It was a radio that worked on either dial-up or broadband and played stations streamed from the Intenert.

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Sony Slider TV

The TAV-32FL2 was a concept product from Sony in 2005. It contained a 32 inch Sony Bravia LCD TV in a speaker housing. When listening to music you could slide the speaker up over the screen. It was said to feature surround sound in the compact design.

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Fossil Wrist PDA

The Fossil Wrist PDA was announced in 2005. It had a greyscale LCD 160x160 pixel screen with a mini-stylus integrated in the wristband clasp. It touted infra-red and USB connectivity and had 8Mb memory. Fossil claimed that the battery lasted for about 3 or 4 days. 

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6 of 8 Craziest Gadgets

Cell-Mate hands free kit

Cell-Mate was announced in 2009. It is headband clip that holds your phone to your head. The makers announced that there were: "no plugs or batteries to worry about, no loss of sound quality due to an aftermarket speaker, no Bluetooth signals to sync, just your phone like you've always known it".

It is certainly a different way to enjoy hands free conversations.

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Xi3 Modular desktop

This compact PC has some interesting features. Announced in 2011 for $850 the device has an AMD Athlon X2, 2Gb RAM and an 8Gb flash drive. It is scalable too, linking modules together to increase processing power.

$850 was a lot of cash for a cube...

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Palm WebOS

Palm announced its new operating system, WebOS in 2009. Its touch screen Pre and Pixie phone did not produce the desired sales for Palm which was acquired by Hewlett Packard.

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