CES Devices from the Previous That Went Nowhere
The Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas, happening this week, could also be loaded with head-turning devices driving a wave of publish-vacation curiosity, however as soon as the eye of the electronics world has moved on, a few of these heralded gadgets have a tendency to slide between the cracks.
Tech that by no means fairly lives as much as the hype and CES are shut companions. Typically, a product morphs considerably, and the ultimate launch is way faraway from the unique gadget that turned heads at CES. Different occasions, corporations understand an merchandise which may appear scorching on the present is unlikely to discover a mass viewers. And typically, the concepts are simply ridiculous from the get-go.
As the buyer electronics world prepares to inundate individuals with vibrant, shiny "subsequent massive issues," it is value taking a second to mirror on a number of the as soon as-scorching devices that by no means made it on to retailer cabinets.
In 2011, Polaroid made an enormous splash at CES, bringing in Woman Gaga (then on the peak of her fame) and naming her as its artistic director. The GL20 — aka Woman Gaga’s photograph-capturing glasses — was the centerpiece of that partnership. The futuristic-wanting lenses have been stated to seize and show pictures and movies and ship knowledge to a companion USB earpiece. Three years later, the singer and firm parted methods — and the glasses by no means noticed the sunshine of day.
Technically, MySpace TV did exist. The social community launched a model of it in June 2007. However in 2011, MySpace’s new co-proprietor, Justin Timberlake, introduced a rebranding of the social community that may change its identify and assemble its library of forty two million songs and one hundred,000 music movies. It was supposed to incorporate actuality TV and sports activities channels ultimately, as nicely, because of a partnership with Panasonic. It by no means fairly made it that far.
One of many massive hits of final yr’s present was this "sensible belt" prototype, which used motors to broaden and contract as you went from a sitting to standing place (or gorged your self on the dinner desk). It was presupposed to hit cabinets in 2015. It failed to take action, although the corporate continues to be taking pre-orders for a a lot better-wanting product than the one proven final January. (It now says that model will ship Dec. 15, 2016.)
Haier’s clear washer
This was the CES equal of an idea automotive. In 2013, Haier showcased a neon, clear washer that served no discernible objective. The pure whimsy of the system turned heads, however the firm correctly determined that it would not be a very good slot in most individuals’s houses.
Razer Venture Christine
Razer’s extremely-modular PC design continues to be featured on the corporate’s Web site (albeit as an idea challenge), nevertheless it hasn’t made any actual advances towards a real retail product because it gained "Greatest PC" of CES from Engadget in 2014. Razer blames the difficulty on OEM producers, who it says aren’t excited about breaking so dramatically from the usual PC mannequin.
Hailed as an actual-world medical tricorder from "Star Trek," the Scanadu Scout picked up CES Innovators awards in each 2013 and 2014. However the roadmap from peer acclaim to turning into a software of medical professionals (or residence customers) is an extended one. Whereas Scandu says the gadget is being examined the world over, it has not but been cleared by the FDA.
Samsung’s bendable TV
In each 2014 and 2015, Samsung showcased an enormous excessive-finish TV that went from flat display to curved display on the contact of a button. In 2014, it was eighty five inches. In 2015, it was a hundred and five inches. Neither noticed a showroom flooring. Worth is the possible offender — a non-bendable, a hundred and five-inch excessive-finish SUHD set value an eye fixed-popping $one hundred twenty,000, so there in all probability wasn’t a lot of a marketplace for a tool that value noticeably greater than that.
Vizio 10-inch Android pill
Having established a robust place within the HDTV world, Vizio got here to CES in 2013 able to make an enormous footprint within the pill area. The prototype it confirmed off appeared prefer it might assist it obtain that aim, too. Outfitted with Nvidia’s then-model-new Tegra four processor, a remarkably mild physique and 32 GB of storage, it made a powerful debut. Vizio would not speak pricing or availability, although, and the pill ultimately (and quietly) slipped into oblivion.
AmpStrip health tracker
This new kind of health tracker pocketed a pair of Better of CES awards in 2015, then raised greater than $537,000 on IndieGoGo. The Band-Assist-like gadget (which contained an accelerometer and coronary heart-price sensor) appeared poised to be successful within the train world. In October, although, the founders pulled the plug on AmpStrip as a health tracker and determined to concentrate on its potential use as a medical gadget. (They did, nevertheless, refund the IndieGoGo funds to supporters.)
Saygus V2 smartphone
Providing help for twin SD playing cards, Saygus racked up the awards at 2015’s CES. However in June, it abruptly pushed again the launch of the telephone and launched an IndieGoGo marketing campaign, elevating $1.three million. The discharge was rescheduled to the autumn of 2015, however that deadline got here and went. As we speak, customers are inspired to join notifications when the V2 (pronounced "V-squared") shall be obtainable for pre-order. It might but discover its method to retail, however when that might be is anyone’s guess.