11 Overhyped Next Big Things That Never Took Off

by | Jun 17, 2024

Let’s be fair. We hear about a lot of the next big things quite often. Sometimes, you’ll agree that these things will be a big addition to the world, and other times, you may agree they are not going to get off the ground. Here are 11 overhyped next-big things that never took off.

3D Televisions

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The 3D televisions tend to come and go. These tvs have come and gone through the years and they are supposed to help revolutionize home entertainment. Overall the 3D TVs failed because of high costs, lack of content and the inconvenience of wearing those glasses.

Small Phones

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Remember when phones just kept getting smaller and smaller? Well, that’s a thing of the past. The future of mobile technology is now getting bigger to help provide better experiences.

Drone Delivery

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Drone delivery was once considered the future of logistics. However, regulatory hurdles, safety concerns, and even technical challenges have delayed the implementation of drone delivery as a part of daily life.

Google Glass

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Google Glass was supposed to be a groundbreaking wearable technology that people could benefit from in their daily lives. However, issues with privacy concerns, the high cost, and the overall limited functionality led to its failure.

Segway

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Segway was supposed to be that perfect option between a car and a bicycle but it didn’t quite work out. The price was too high, the design is a bit bulky and it’s just not as practical as you would expect for it to be. People didn’t jump on it and although it’s used for tours around some cities it’s not quite what anyone expected.

VR Gaming

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Despite significant hype, virtual reality gaming has yet to become mainstream. Again, here, we notice expensive equipment, problems with people having motion sickness, and content that just doesn’t keep anyone engaged long enough.  

Hoverboards

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Hoverboards were supposed to be another personal transportation win. However, they are not necessarily the safest pieces of equipment. Some were even found to have battery problems and become fire hazards. Recalls and a loss of consumer trust led to this being a big flop.

Google Wave

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Google Wave was supposed to be a real-time communication platform. However, it was discontinued because it was too complex. Users didn’t want to get involved with it, and they didn’t see a real purpose in their daily lives.

Blackberry PlayBook

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The Blackberry PlayBook was supposed to be a competitor to the iPad. However, it failed due to a lack of apps, poor marketing, and an operating system that never worked exactly the way the iPad did. Blackberry had its prime, and then it lost it.

NFTs

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Hyped as the future of digital ownership and art, NFTs faced criticism for several reasons. Mostly, people did not like the high prices and the speculative nature of the market. Since it’s not tangible, people started to lose a bit of interest in it and worry about the future of their investment. Leading to a decline in interest.

XFL

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The XFL attempted to establish itself as the altenrative to the NFL. However, without the same backing and fan support as the NFL this wasn’t a relaity. Instead the XFL ended up with financial issues, limited viewership and a host of other issues. It’s one of those things that had us all wondering why anybody would even try to compete with the NFL.