Who wants to live in a world where everything is automated? We already have self-driving cars and drones, but who knew we’d also have robots at home? Let alone smartphones…
Robots aren’t new. They’ve existed since ancient times, such as the robot dog designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 15th century Italy. Nowadays, they’re being developed faster than ever before. The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed engineers to build devices that interact with each other, allowing us to control our environment remotely through these gadgets.
With so much advancement taking place, some things shouldn’t have been invented at all. Take a look at some of the worst inventions from history.
Gadgets that Shouldn’t Have Been Invented
1. Nintendo Virtual Boy
The Virtual Boy was released in 1994 and it was one of Nintendo’s first 3D video game systems. The headset was heavy and uncomfortable, causing many headaches during playtime. Despite this, shoppers bought them by the millions. Dream on.
2. Apple Newton MessagePad
Yes, Apple made early attempts into personal digital assistants. The Newton Message Pad came out around 1992, though after four years of development and numerous design changes, its release was halted even though it was compatible with online casinos, banking apps, and many other apps available on Play Store and App Store.
3. Sony Walkman (Sans Handheld Phone)
Sony had previously produced wonderful portable cassette players. Then along came the Walkman, an earpiece that could be worn while walking or jogging. It could hold up to 50 hours of music. But the downside is, you couldn’t make calls without having a phone attached to the headphone jack. No thanks!
4. Isobutane Stove
In 1939, Bertram Potter created the Isobutane Stoves, which were a bit like kettles. You filled it up with gas until it exploded. Cause burns, just like today’s stoves do. Get it right Bertie boy!
5. Laser Disc Player
What’s the difference between the CD player and the laserdisc player? Well, for starters, the latter looks like two giant boomerangs. A major reason why this bad invention flopped is that the CDs became popular very quickly. By 1980, the 8cm discs held 500 megabytes of data and could store 18 minutes of audio.