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When a product or technology is still emerging, it can be tough to call it a flop. In many cases these technologies are still trying to find their sweet spot when it comes to capabilities and usage scenarios.
But while it may be too early to refer to some technologies as flops, it isn't too early to be disappointed by the failures of some originally promising technologies.
(illustrations by Brian Moore)
The past year has seen quite a few exciting new technologies that failed to deliver or actually took steps backwards in their progress. In some cases this was because of overblown promises, in some because of technical limitations and some failures were due to politics and aggressive competition.
However, all of these technologies can take solace in the fact that history has shown many cases where a technology that initially disappointed eventually became a major success.
Click here to see our list of The Biggest Emerging Technology Disappointments of 2007.
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