Happy Friday, Everyone!
Today I ask. What was your most disappointing piece of tech?
We all know tech is supposed to improve our lives, jobs, etc, but what about when it’s over promised, and under delivered?
For me, two things stick in my mind.
From a gaming angle, the most disappointing tech I ever witnessed was the Steam controller, the prototype looked amazing and revolutionary, a controller with a built in, full colour screen that could be controlled by the games. Then they scaled back their vision the closer it got to release, ending up a generic controller mainly, with a couple of Haptic Touch circles that were supposed to allow for more adaptive control, but then nothing supported it, now it gathers dust on my shelf!
From a more high-tech angle, it’s got to be 3D X-Point, but you probably know it as Intel Optane, even though it was a joint venture between Intel & Micron.
Again, a vision was sold that this was it, we’d be swiftly bridging the gap between storage and volatile RAM, with non-volatile RAM! Power outages wouldn’t impact integrity due to its persistence, instead last month Intel shut down its Optane memory business, having seen the ambition and push continuously walked back from.
Who knows, maybe someone will try this again this decade? We’re good at iterating until we get it right.
What about you?