Palm Pree - Failure Museum

Palm Pre

Launched in 2009, the Palm Pre’s biggest disadvantage was its app store, which had only about a dozen apps, compared with over 40,000 for the iPhone. There were only a handful of buttons, and these were rubbery and protruded too little from the bod ...

Palm Treo - Failure Museum

Palm Treo

Palm Treo was developed by Handspring, which Palm acquired in the early 2000s. Palm, one of the earliest makers of smartphones, was unable to follow up its success in the personal organizer business. The company was slow to realize that consumers w ...


One Laptop Per Child

Introduced in 2005 at a cost of $100 when it's competitors cost $1000 or more. Cutting so many corners the laptop barely worked and had less memory and storage than a budget smartphone.

Cat -


Prior to being shut down in 2002, millions of the cat-shaped bar-code scanners were shipped for free, in hopes that people would use them to scan specially marked bar codes to visit Internet sites. This was no easier than typing a link.



Released in 2006, the Chumby was an internet-connected version of an otherwise dumb object. This original Chumby was an internet alarm clock with a touchscreen.


Sony Walkman

In 2001, failure to innovate in a category it created paved the way for the Apple iPod.

Twitter Peek

Twitter Peek

Limited use to only taking a peek at tweets; very few wanted two mobile devices led to its demise in 2009.

Amazon Fire - Failure Museum

Amazon Fire

A small app store, being late to market, and features that appealed to heavy Amazon users led to Amazon Fire’s demise in 2015 after one year on the market.



Excessive focus on enterprise over consumer tastes and preferences led to it's downfall in 2016. At its height, BlackBerry controlled 45% of the cellphone market.


Barnes & Noble Nook

In 2014, the Nook wasn’t enticing to developers so the number of apps was limited and they weren't able to market beyond the bookstore mindset.