Best product flops and missteps from history: How many of these blunders do you remember?

Therehavebeenplentyoftechfailuresovertheyearswithvariousdifferentlaunchesofproductsresultinginutterfailure,disasterorjustacompletelackofinterest.

Someoftheseproductsweresimplylaunchedbeforetheirtime,otherswerepoorlythoughtoutandprovedunpopularatlaunch.Otherproductsseemedtodookatfirst,butthenneededtoberecalledduetosafetyproblems.

We'resummingupthebest(orisitworst)fromovertheyears.Whichoftheseclassicsdoyouremember?

SamsungGalaxyNote7

  • Launched:2016
  • Whathappened?Explosionsandlotsofthem

TheNoterangeofSamsung'ssmartphoneline-upwasalwayshighlythoughtof,evenbyus.Butin2016,thingswenthorriblywrongwiththelaunchofthecompany'slatestdevice.Manyofthephonespurchasedbyconsumersatthetimecaughtfireorexploded.Notanuncommonoccurrenceinthesmartphoneworld,butithappenedsomuchthatSamsunghadtorecallthedevices.

ThismightwellhavebeenSamsung'sworstandmostembarrassingperiodinitssmartphonehistory.

TriumphDolomite

  • Launched:1972
  • Whathappened?Adesignflawmeantthecarwouldbeundrivableafteraminorcrash

Inthelatterhalfof1973,TriumphhadtorecallseveralmodelsofitsvehiclesincludingtheTriumphToledo,Triumph1500andTriumphDolomite.

Over103,000carshadtoberecalledafteritwasdiscoveredthataflawinthedesignmeantthecarwouldbecomeimpossibletocontrolafteraminorcrash.Allitwouldtakewasacrashintoakerbataround10milesperhourtorenderthevehicleunsteerable.Notideal.

GoogleGlass

  • Launched:2013
  • Whathappened?Peopleweren'ttookeenonthepotentialprivacyinvasion

GooglefirstannouncedGoogleGlasstothepublicin2012.Thedevicewasremarkablypriceythoughandpeoplewereunenthused.Therewerealsoplentyofconcernsoverprivacywithusersbeinglabelledas"Glassholes"andtheproductwasalsobannedfrommanypublicspaces.Intheend,GoogleGlasswasdoomed.

FordPintos

  • Launched:1978
  • Whathappened?Thecarwasfoundtobelikelytoexplodeinadeadlyfireball

IfyouthoughttheTriumphrecallwasbad,Ford'swasworse.In1978thecompanywasforcedtorecall1.5millionvehiclesafteritwasdiscoveredthefuel-tankwaslikelytocausethecartobustintoadeadlyfireballastheresultofarear-endcrash.

ApplePippin

  • Launched:1995
  • Whathappened?ApplelaunchedagamesconsoleinthetimeofthePlayStationandNintendo64,thingsdidnotendwell

Backinthehazydaysof1995,ApplecollaboratedwithBandaitoreleasetheApplePippin.Essentiallyanexpensiveconsole,itwasdoomedtofailureasithadtocompetewiththeincrediblypopularSonyPlayStationandNintendo64.ThiswasadistinctflopinApple'sotherwisefairlysuccessfulhistory.

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MicrosoftWindowsVista

  • Launched:2006
  • Whathappened?Thenewoperatingsystemlaunchedtonegativereviewsandpooruserexperiencecomplaints.

WindowsVistawasmeanttocomewithseveralenhancementsandabrilliantdesignoverhaulthatwouldwowthemasses.Instead,ithadvariousissueswithsecurityfeatures,shockingperformanceproblemsandnoendofdriversupportissuesthatleftusersfrustratedandbemused.

WindowsVistawasgenerallyloathedandnotwidelyadopted.Asaresult,MicrosoftquicklyreleasedWindows7justacoupleofyearslater.

deHavillandComet

  • Launched:1949
  • Whathappened?Severalfatalcrashesanddisastersleadtoabadstartforthefirstjetliner

Inthelate1940s,inthewakeofWorldWarII,DeHavillandcreatedthedeHavilland106Comet-thefirstcommercialjetliner.Itwasunfortunatelyplaguedwithproblemsandtheplanessufferedseveralfatalcrashes.13crasheswerefatal,resultinginthetragiclossof426lives.Thecompany'sreputationtookabadhitandwhileitwasreelingfromthedisasters,DouglasandBoeingtooktheleadintheindustry.

DeLoreanDMC-12

  • Launched:1981
  • Whathappened?DespitethecoolassociationwithBacktotheFuture,thecarwasalittletoounusualandprovedunpopular.

TheDeLoreanMotorCompany(DMC)wasanautomobilecompanyperhapsmostwell-knownfortheDeLoreanDMC-12sportscarthatwasfeaturedheavilyintheBackToTheFuturefilmtrilogy.

However,despitethefame,therewasalackofdemandforthecarandcostsofmanufactureaswellasotherproblemsharmedthebusinesswhichwentbankruptin1982.

AppleNewton

  • Launched:1993
  • Whathappened?Softwareproblemsmeantitwasn'tasgoodasotherPDAsreleasedaroundthetime

TheAppleNewtonwasaPDAthatlaunchedintheearly1990sandisseenasthefirstPDAtobereleased.Itdidn'tdowellthoughasthesoftwaredidn'tliveuptothepromiseanditwasoverpriced.TheNewtonMessagePaddidn'tsellwellandwasdiscontinuedafewyearslater.

  • Launched:2013
  • Whathappened?FacebookthoughtuserswouldliketoimmersethemselvesfullyinFacebook.Itwaswrong.

In2013FacebookreleasedanappforAndroidsmartphonesthatwasdesignedtotransformthehomescreenintoadirectportalintoauser'sFacebooknewsfeed.ThecompanyhopedthatsinceoverabillionuserswereloggingintoFacebookfromtheirphonesonadailybasis,they'dbekeenonfurtherimmersingthemselvesinthesocialplatform.Butaclunky,unfriendlyinterfacemadeforafrustratinguserexperienceandtheappneverreallytookoff.

MicrosoftZune

  • Launched:2006
  • Whathappened?Microsoft'sattempttocompetewiththeAppleiPodwasdoomedfromthestart

AlthoughitmightnotbefairtocalltheZuneaflop,asitwashighlythoughtofandadecentchoiceforconsumers,itstruggledtocompeteinthemarketduetoApple'sdominancewiththeiPod.Theproblemwasn'tjustcompetitionthough,otherissuesplaguedthedevice,likeabugin2008thatstoppednumerousZunesfromworkingbecauseofanerrorinthecodethathadfailedtoaccountfortheextradaysinleapyears.

Google+

  • Launched:2011
  • Whathappened?GooglelauncheditsownsocialnetworktocompetewithFacebookbutwithverylittletostandout

Googlehashadplentyoffailuresovertheyears.Oneofwhichlingeredaroundforafewyearsbeforefinallybeingkilledoff.ThatwasGoogle+,thecompany'sattemptatasocialnetworkdesignedtocompetewithFacebook.Itwasinterestingandhadseveralusefulfeatures,butnothingthatstoodoutenoughtogetpeopletomoveawayfromFacebook.Intheyearsthefollowed,Google+sawasteepdeclineinuserengagementbutitwasn'tuntil2018whenthesystemwashacked-exposinguserdata-thatthecompanydecidedtoputanendtotheplatform.

NintendoVirtualBoy

  • Launched:1995
  • Whathappened?Nintendolaunchedaproductwaybeforeitstime.

In1995,Nintendotookaboldleapintotheworldofvirtual3DgamingwiththeVirtualBoy.Alas,theconceptwaswayaheadofitstime,butthedesignwasnot.

Theconsoleusedblackandredshadesthatwerenoteasyontheeye.TheVirtualBoyalsocamewithacontrollerthatwasattachedforplayinggameslikeMario'sTennis.Butwithjust22gamesreleasedinitslifespanandalessthanwarmreceptionfromcriticsandusersalikeitfailedtosellwell.TheVirtualBoywentdowninhistoryasoneofNintendo'sbiggestfailuresanditcostthemdearlyatthetime.

IntelPentiumprocessors

  • Launched:1994
  • Whathappened?AbugleadtocalculationerrorsintheoriginalPentiumprocessorsthatrenderedtheminaccurate

In1994,IntelwasforcedtorecalltheoriginalIntelPentiumprocessorswhenitwasdiscoveredthattherewasabug(knownasthe"PentiumFDIVbug")thatmeantthechips"mightreturnincorrectbinaryfloating-pointresultswhendividinganumber."

Intelwasdismissiveatfirstandwascriticisedfornothandlingthesituationproperly.Eventually,itrecalledtheprocessorsatacostofaround$475million.

HotWheelscomputers

  • Launched:1999
  • Whathappened?MattelmadeapushtomarketbothHotWheelsandBarbiecomputersthatwenthorriblywrong.

Inthelate1990s,MattelpartneredwiththePatriotComputerCorporationtocreateandsellBarbieandHotWheelsbrandedcomputers.Unfortunately,thePCshadseveraldesignflawsandthecostsofrepairingthemwassohighthatitdrovePatriotComputerCorporationintobankruptcy.

BurgerKingPokéBalls

  • Launched:1999
  • Whathappened?BurgerKingreleasedPokémonthemedtoyswithkidsmealsbutthetoyscameinacontainerthatwasdeemedachokinghazard.

Inthelate1990s,BurgerKingengagedinapromotionalcampaignwhichcostsomewhereintheregionof$20million.Thissaw57Pokémonthemedtoysbeingincludedwithkids'meals.Thosetoyswereheldinthesecontainers.InDecember1999onechild,unfortunately,suffocatedwhileplayingwiththecontainer.TheConsumerProductSafetyCommissiondeemedthecontainertobeahazardtochildrenandBurgerKingwasforcedtorecall25millionofthem.

LaserDisc

  • Launched:1978
  • Whathappened?LaserDiscwassettoreplaceVHSbutwastooexpensiveandfailedbeforeitstarted.

LaserDisclaysclaimtobeingtheveryfirstopticalvideodiscformat,itwasessentiallytheprecursortoDVDandofferedbetterqualitythanVHStapesthatwereavailablewhenitarrivedtomarket.

Likeseveralotherflopsonthislist,LaserDiscprovedtoocostly.ItstruggledtocompeteagainstthelikesofVHSandBetamaxandonly16.8milliondiscswereeversold.

TheThomasandFriendsWoodenRailwaytoys

  • Launched:2007
  • Whathappened?Thomasthetankenginetoyshadtoberecalledafterleadwasfoundinthepaint

In2007,arangeofThomasandFriendsWoodenRailwaytoyshadtoberecalledafteritwasdiscoveredthatleadpainthadbeenusedinmakingthemandchildrenmightfallvictimtoleadpoisoningwhileplayingwiththetoys.

Friendster

  • Launched:2002
  • Whathappened?Despitesomesuccess,FriendsterfailedtoinnovateandkeepupwithFacebook

Friendsterisanothersocialmediasitethathadloftyaimsbutfailedtogaintraction.Thesiteclaimedithadmillionsofusers,butslowloadtimesandproblemswiththesitewhenuserregistrationsincreasedleadtotroubledtimesforFriendster.Itcontinuedforagoodfewyearsafterlaunch,butneverreallymadeanywavesandeventuallydrownedinaseaofdiscontent.

CuriousGeorgeplushdolls

  • Launched:2005
  • Whathappened?MarvelToyswasforcedtorecallthousandsofCuriousGeorgetoysduetotheriskofleadpoisoning

In2007itwastheturnofMarvelToystorecalltoysthathadbeendecoratedwithleadpaint.Around175,000CuriousGeorgedollshadbeensoldbetweentheendof2005and2007andtheyallhadtoberecalleddueto"excessivelevelsoflead"beingusedintheconstruction.ChildrenwereatriskandtheU.S.ConsumerProductSafetyCommissionannouncedavoluntaryproductrecall.

HDDVD

  • Launched:2006
  • Whathappened?Anewvideodiscformatreleasedin2006thatbegantheso-called"formatwar"withBlu-ray

In2006,ToshibareleasedHDDVD,anewformatofopticaldiscthatwasintendedtobethesuccessortoDVD.Thisformatofferedhighercapacity,betterstorageandtheabilitytoplayHDvideocontent.HDDVDstruggledtocompeteagainstBlu-ray,despitethesupportfromseveralquartersincludingMicrosoft'sXbox360.

ConsumerswerereportedlyconfusedbythetwodifferentformatsandbothBestBuyandWal-MartdecidedtofavourthesaleofBlu-rayplayers.By2008,Toshibacouldn'tsustainHDDVDanditannouncedthatitwasendingdevelopment,marketingandmanufacturingoftheplayers.

Fisher-Pricemassiverecall

  • Launched:2010
  • Whathappened?Mattelhadtorecallaround10milliontoysduetoriskofseriousinjury

Inperhapsthebiggestrecallofalltime,Mattel'sFisher-Pricehadtorecall10milliontoysin2010duetotheriskofpotentialinjurytousers.Itwasfoundthatseveraltoyspresentedadangerofinjuryduetoprotrudingpartsthatcouldhurtachildiftheyfell.Otherswouldleadtochokinghazardsfromsmallparts.

Asyoumightexpect,thecompany'ssharepricetookahitbutitwasn'tthefirstorlasttimeMattelwouldneedtoissuearecall.Likemanyothercompaniesaroundtheworld.

MicrosoftBob

  • Launched:1995
  • Whathappened?Microsoftreleasedadumbed-downoperatingsystemforthemassesthatwastoointensiveformosthomecomputers

Inthehazydaysof1995,MicrosoftreleasedMicrosoftBob,abasicoperatingsystemwithasupposedlyeasy-to-useinterface.Thedesktopwasavirtualhomewithitemsintheroomsrepresentingdifferentapplications.Unfortunately,theinterfacemighthavebeenabittoosimpleanditwasalsoabitpowerhungry,needingmoreprocessingpowerthanmostcomputerscouldmanageatthetime.

Again,likeotherproductsonthislist,MicrosoftBobwasalsooverpricedandfailedasaresult.ItwasdiscontinuedthesameyearandovertakenbyWindows95anyway.

SegaDreamcast

  • Launched:1999
  • Whathappened?SomehowSega'sdominancecametoanendwiththeDreamcast

Inthe90s,Segawasabigdealinthevideogameworld.ThecompanyhadseenplentyofsuccesswiththeSegaMegadrive/GenesisconsoleandSonicbutwhenitlaunchedtheSegaDreamcastthingsstartedgoingbadly.Althoughtheconsolewasfantasticandinsomeaspectswaswayaheadofitstime,itfailedtosellwell.

SonywasalsostartingtodominatewiththePlayStationandthePS2releasedin2000.ThiswastheendofSegaintheconsoleworld.

AppleLisa

  • Launched:1983
  • Whathappened?Applereleasedacomputerwithanastronomicalpricetagthatwasfartoomuchforconsumerstobear

Intheearly1980s,Applespentanestimated$50milliondevelopingahigh-endcomputeraimedatbusinesses.TheLisacamewithanastronomicalpricetagthough-$9,995-fartoomuchmoneyformostpeople.Thecompanystillmanagedtosellaround100,000units,butnotnearlyenoughtokeepitgoinganditwasabandonedjusttwoyearsafterlaunch.

  • Launched:1975
  • Whathappened?Anotherformatwarthatendedwithaloserandavictor

BeforethebattleofLaserdiscandDVDorHDDVDandBlu-raytherewasBetamaxversusVHS.SonylaunchedtheBetamaxformatin1975andtobeginwithithadthemonopolyasitwasthefirstformatforconsumervideotape.BetamaxalsoboastedsuperiorresolutionandsoundqualitycomparedtoVHStapes.VHSlaunchedayearlateranditquicklythrived.

Betamaxlostoutbecausethecompanybehindit(Sony)refusedtolicenceitstechnologytoothercompanies,whileVHSwaslicencedtoanyonewhowantedit.TheendresultwasthedeathofBetamaxandtheriseofVHS,atleastuntilDVDcamealong.

Delllaptops

  • Launched:2006
  • Whathappened?Dellhadtorecallmillionsoflaptopsduetodefectivebatteries

Samsungisn'ttheonlycompanytohaveproblemswithbatteries.In2006Dellwasforcedtorecallnearly3millionlaptopsduetoproblemswithdefectivebatteriesthatwereoverheatingandleadingtofires.Oneofthefiresevenhappenedatatradeshow.ThekickerwasthebatteriesweremanufacturedbySonysoitwasn'tevenDell'sfault.Althoughnoonewashurt,severalfirescausedbythelaptopshadleadtopropertylossandfiredamageforunhappyowners.

Toyotafloormats

  • Launched:2009
  • Whathappened?Toyotawasforcedtorecallover8millionvehiclesduetoaproblemwiththeacceleratorpedalgettingstuckonfloormats

In2009/2010,Toyotasufferedsomeheftycostsofaround$3billionwhenithadtorecallover8millionvehicles.Therewasanissuewiththedesignthatmeantthattheacceleratorpedalwasgettingstuckunderthefloormatandleadingtothecaracceleratingunexpectedly.Aninvestigationfoundthattheproblemhadprobablyleadtothedeathsofaround89peopleinthedecadeleadinguptotherecall.

Toyotahadtopayaheftyfineforcoveringupthefactitknewaboutthedefectsandothersafetyproblems.Thecompany'ssharepricetookahitaroundbutbouncedbackintheyearsthatfollowed.

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