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PicturePhone: How Bell Telephone Lost a Half Billion, But Nearly Created the Internet [Stories of Technological Failure - Part 3]

How Bell Telephone’s PicturePhone, introduced in 1964, flopped yet nearly catalyzed the internet.

Technically, it was an amazing achievement: Bell used the existing twisted-pair copper wire of the telephone network — not broadband lines like today — to produce black and white video on a screen about five inches square. And, amazingly for the time, it used a CCD-based-camera. It was meant to be the most revolutionary communication medium of the century, driving subscribers to purchase broadband lines, but failed miserably as a consumer product costing Bell a half billion dollars.

This is one of three videos in a series on marketplace failures of technological objects.

How Sony’s Betamax lost to JVC’s VHS Cassette Recorder [Stories of Tech Failure - Part 1]

In 1976 Sony introduced the Betamax video cassette recorder. It catalyzed the “on demand” of today by allowing users to record television shows, and the machine ignited the first “new media” intellectual property battles.

In only a decade this revolutionary machine disappeared, beaten by JVS’s version of the cassette recorder. This video tells the story of why Betamax failed.

This is one of three videos in a series on marketplace failures of technological objects.

Toshiba Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive (2TB)
Product Features:


Access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet and mobile device
Store your files in a centralized place next to your PC or Mac
Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories
Back up content from your mobile devices27
Simple and intuitive user interface
Includes Toshiba 2-Year Limited Warranty
Secure your backups with password-protected data encryption
Stores and access files from PC and Mac without reformatting.


(available on Gabestore)

Toshiba Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive (2TB)

Product Features:

  • Access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet and mobile device
  • Store your files in a centralized place next to your PC or Mac
  • Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories
  • Back up content from your mobile devices27
  • Simple and intuitive user interface
  • Includes Toshiba 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Secure your backups with password-protected data encryption
  • Stores and access files from PC and Mac without reformatting.

(available on Gabestore)

Zombies to Robots Heat Change Mug
This mug imagines a world overrun by zombies… and robots. When empty, this is a plain, ol’ innocent lil’ mug with zombies all over it clamoring for brains. But add hot liquid to it, and a robot uprising occurs! Are they here to take down the zombies? Or to destroy all humans? Only time will tell. Probably best if you keep an eye on your mug, though.
Product Specifications:
Black mug with zombies all around
When you add hot liquid, robots appear
Basically just the opposite of the background on our site
Capacity: 10 oz.
Materials: Ceramic
Not dishwasher-safe
Not microwave-safe.
(vía ThinkGeek)

Zombies to Robots Heat Change Mug

This mug imagines a world overrun by zombies… and robots. When empty, this is a plain, ol’ innocent lil’ mug with zombies all over it clamoring for brains. But add hot liquid to it, and a robot uprising occurs! Are they here to take down the zombies? Or to destroy all humans? Only time will tell. Probably best if you keep an eye on your mug, though.

Product Specifications:

  • Black mug with zombies all around
  • When you add hot liquid, robots appear
  • Basically just the opposite of the background on our site
  • Capacity: 10 oz.
  • Materials: Ceramic
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Not microwave-safe.

(vía ThinkGeek)

Dalek Night Light: IL-LU-MI-NATE

Let the Daleks shed some light on that for you. Well, Dalek, singular. This 6″ white Dalek plugs into your wall outlet and keeps the nightmares at bay. Unless you think Daleks are the scariest monsters on Doctor Who, because you might actually have more Dalek dreams with this little guy there to remind you of them. Plus, this Dalek Night Light is guaranteed to strike fear into any 6″ time-traveling home intruders you might encounter.

Product Specifications:

  • Night light that looks like the front half of a Dalek
  • Officially-licensed Doctor Who merchandise
  • White body
  • Has on/off switch and polarized plug
  • 7 Watt bulb (max, included)
  • Input rating: 110V 60Hz 7W
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 6” tall (not including plug)
  • Ages 16+

(vía ThinkGeek)

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