In a previous article, we wrote about gadgets that are utterly and totally useless to begin with. This time however, we’re gonna up the ante: we’re going to delve into the world of gadgets that promised way more than they could deliver, and ended up being trash.
Logbar’s Ring Zero
No, it’s not part of the WOW universe, nor it has anything to do with Tolkiens’ world of magical male fairies and women with deep voices and a mustache. This beauty promised to control various devices, such as smartphones, home appliances and other electronic stuff by simply waving and gesturing with one’s hand. Its Amazon description also says that some of the Ring Zero actions are tweeting, taking pictures and even turning on/off one’s TV or bedroom lights.
When you come to think of it, it’s not that bad. You can turn on your TV whilst being busy in the toilet just to listen to that sweet-sounding Jerry Springer voice, kill the lights when your boss passes below your window, or do the actual useful stuff – like interfere with the public sewage facility.
However, Lok’tar… scuse me: Logbar’s Ring Zero, according to many unhappy customers, ended up working whopping 5 – 10% of the time. And it costs $150. Now, I love me some gadgets, but $150 for a device that has worse chance than Russian roulette is something I will pass on.
Not a sequel of the classic cult horror movie ‘Cube’, PetCube is a camera that promises to keep your pets busy and loved while you’re in faraway lands, enjoying that Pina Colada together with your mistress. It works with iOS and Android and can be remotely controlled to take pictures and video of your second loved ones.
And who doesn’t want to be 24/7 with their pets? It’s a great deal to see and play with your pet while not being physically present.
Instead, PetCube ended up being a $200 webcam with a laser. Talk about value.
Belty is a self-adjusting smartbelt. That’s right: as its creators say – it’s the “only intuitive and antonomous [yes, their official site has grammar errors] wearable that integrates artificial intelligence to promote a healthy lifestyle”. It also counts steps and buckles itself and is made out of fine French leather.
Now this can be good because…let’s face it – we’ve all became too lazy to buckle our own belts. Also, who’ll want to ruin that high-end leather with Cheetos- greased fingers?
While not out yet, Belty has the potential to either become an eponymous failure of the tech industry in recent years, or the biggest joke that’ll somehow convince people to actually buy it.
Samsung’s Smart Suit
Remember Jackie Chan’s ‘Tuxedo’? Samsung officials took the idea seriously: with Samsung smart suit, users are free to wave their smartphones over some kind of enlarged, greyish button that sits right beside the left cuff. What this does is silence your phone. That’s it.
And all that hassle just to silence your phone? Well, this is useful because… we give up. This thing has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Do you see a pattern here? In the rush for everything to become ‘smart’, we’re making hubris of rendering everything obsolete. Apple Watch, or any smartwatch whatsoever, promised a ‘paradigm shift’ in the wearable department, in the form of tracking your heart rate, making phone calls, playing apps…
“This is great”, some would exclaim. And it truly, really can be. Smartwatches can be faster, more reliable, smaller and better than smartphones.
Instead, this generation of smartwatches is, in any way whatsoever – just plain worse.
What do you think? Do any of these gadgets tingle your tech-senses? Tell us down below.
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