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In case you missed it, Part I of this article can be found here
Last week’s Switched On discussed the Slacker Portable, Sony eMarker and TrafficGauge, three dedicated devices that didn’t make it but saw their functionality ultimately realized via smartphones. But there have been other idea for which the idea ultimately proved popular as smartphone bits rather than separately packaged atoms.
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Part II of this article will be coming next week — stay tuned!
The rise of smartphones hasn’t been kind to makers of devices such as digital cameras, digital music players and portable GPS devices. Handsets with a rich selection of apps have been increasingly cannibalizing sales of these products, leaving few ways for these once hot holiday gift items to compete. In some cases, though, they have enabled functionality that was once envisioned for standalone products that either failed in the market or never went much beyond a niche audience. Here are five examples of failed devices that never made much headway. The concepts behind them, though, ultimately found acceptance on smartphones.