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MWC fails: Gadgets that never made it

Mobile World Congress showcases the best and the worst of emerging technologies. But sadly, these devices never succeeded – despite the hype.
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By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
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1 of 7 Virtual Vizor

Virtual Vizor

Virtual Vizor was introduced at MWC 2016. It is a foldable holder with lenses that attaches to users' baseball caps and turns their smartphones into virtual cinemas.

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2 of 7 Motorola

Motorola Backflip

The Motorola Backflip never got the attention it was looking for after launching at MWC 2010. Slider phones and slim, sleeker devices forged ahead and captured our attention instead.

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3 of 7 Sony

Sony Xperia Agent

The Xperia Agent from Sony is still a concept. It was showcased at MWC 2017, yet you still cannot buy this cool looking device. Users could give this virtual assistant voice commands to connect it to their smart home devices.

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4 of 7 Mono
MWC fails gadgets that never made it zdnet
5 of 7 Sony

Sony SmartEyeglass

The SmartEyeglass from Sony offered increased productivity, and reduced errors with its augmented reality solution. It also offered a transcription service converting speech into visible text. The product has now been discontinued.

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6 of 7 Tethercell

Tethercell

The Tethercell battery adapter was announced at MWC 2014. It allowed users to connect to and control AA battery operated devices such as baby monitors and TV remote controls from their mobile phones. It's currently unavailable.

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AVG Invisibility Glasses

First seen at MWC 2015, these retro-reflective glasses from AVG make it difficult for facial recognition technologies to capture users' identities when they are out and about.

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