Top 5 Worst Innovative Technologies of All Time

Top 5 Worst Innovative Technologies of All Time

Top 5 Worst Innovative Technologies of All Time


Innovative technology is rather interesting because of the few breakthroughs that actually are successful in the marketplace. This is not to say that the inventions that do not succeed are poor creations, but more rather that the market was not accepting of them. Consequentially, we tally up some of the worst (in terms of success) innovative technologies of all time.


  1. DIVX

This creation was meant to offer the world a video rental service similar to Blockbuster, but completely digitally. The problem with this was that users had to pay to download the DIVX Player and the video rental industry frowned upon this advent. Consequentially, by the time DIVX could regain their bearings, companies like Netflix and Blockbuster had already revolutionized the industry by offering a platform that required much less hassle.


  1. Apple Newton PDA

Before the advent of the famous Palm Pilot, Apple had a go at this market in 1993, but failed rather miserably. The problem with this was that Apple had yet to finalize this product and give it that sleek Apple-look that everyone craves. Consequentially, the high priced PDA proved obsolete, especially after the 1995 Palm Pilot became widely available for a fraction of the Newton’s cost.


  1. Digital Audio Tapes (DATs)

These digital audiotapes were first introduced by Sony in 1987 and were meant to record and help users store music, much like your modern day MP3 player. On the downside, they faced great turmoil from the music industry and fears of piracy arose. Since there were so many concerns with this product, DATs were never heard of again. Ironically however, they did inspire the advent of the MP3 player, probably one of the biggest culprits in supporting piracy.


  1. QR Codes

Quick response codes seemed to surround us, but what are they? They seem to hold decent traction in terms of awareness of what they are, but people do not seem to know what they do. Well the reality is, once you use a third-party application to scan these codes, you will be then subject to advertising. A majority of people did not like this and the rest simply did not understand the usage of these codes.


  1. Quadrophonic Sound

This creation was actually quite clever, but the timing of their discovery could have been better. In fact, Dolby surround sound is actually very similar in the respect that they try to enhance the listening experience. On the other hand, Dolby focuses on implementing their surround sound in venues like movie theatres or concerts. Whereas, Quadrophonic Sound marketed to individuals and households, a much harder market to sell to.