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Friday, September 27, 2013
8 Inventions From the 1980′s That Never Took Off
Ah… the 80′s. For some of us, it’s a decade of bad music we
love to listen to. For others it’s the days of growing up and the best cartoons
ever made (Transformers…). For many more it’s an age of inventions and
technological ideas that never really caught on with the public.
In the ’80s, a lot of business types were worried about
having their briefcases stolen right out of their hands. Though these security devices
do actually exist today, they are far from in common use, especially not with
the smoke-system that was part of the old setup.
Yes, today we have our smartphones that do
everything – music, radio, calculator, alarm clock. Still, this gadget that
today is basically a digital clock with a calculator strapped to it never
really took off.
They require less building materials, meaning less
surface area and in turn a more efficient surface-area-to-volume-ratio. Still,
the dome-trend never caught on, possibly due to its awkward appearance.
Somehow, this turned from a very simple, easy-to-use object
into something so complicated it committed commercial
suicide. The key to the electric doormat’s anti-tripping technology were
belts looped over separate pulleys, alternatively mounted on counter rotating
drums on each side of the mat.
First thing’s first: The term “gull-wing” comes from
the doors’ resemblance to a seagull’s outstretched wings. Mercedes-Benz
were the first to manufacture such cars in the 1950′s. A more serious
attempt from a few companies in the 1980′s was made, but the trend never caught
on. These doors make it impossible to tie down big and heavy objects to the
roof, and in-case of the car rolling over, mean the passengers are
For some reason, this never caught on. Motorists
prefer heated jackets and gloves, which work like electric blankets
running off the vehicle’s battery.
This device from “Vibrosaun International” combines a home
entertainment system with an air conditioner and massaging chair, all housed
within a personal sauna pod. Maybe the fact that it cost nearly $6000 held it
back from becoming a smash hit.
The Everything Card
Instead of having two credit cards to go along with
your driver’s license and half a dozen membership cards, you could have
something that’s just a bit thicker than a credit card, battery powered
two-line LCD screen with a 10-key alphanumeric keypad. It was supposed to fill
the roles of a bank card and security access card while making it possible
to also use it on payphones and parking meters. You could say that the
Smartphones today fill all of these tasks.