Every innovation comes with tremendous prospects and a promise to change our daily world fundamentally. On the other hand, such visions are seldom translated into reality. For example, Google said that the smart glasses that have been seen in fiction movies can work well in the lives of every ordinary person for sure. However, the reality is quite different and the chances to meet someone on a street with smart glasses are the same as finding a needle in a haystack. So, what technologies have fascinated the whole world, but after a great first impression, they did not achieve the planned success?
Many technology enthusiasts remember the year of 2012 when Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, introduced the Google Glass prototype to the world. At the beginning, the glasses caused a huge stir and it seemed that we are going to be able to see and manage various information about the environment by wearing glasses. Unfortunately, these glasses did not reach the level of science fiction, as the issue of the personal privacy erupted, and the excessive price of the device deterred even the biggest enthusiasts. In 2015, Google stopped selling these glasses massively and supplies them only to businesses now.
Smart glasses from other suppliers are available on the market, but they still do not justify the initial vision. For example, the famous Snapchat Spectacles, whose main purpose is to film various videos. The world has high hopes for Amazon’s Echo Frames glasses that are still under the development, but, at least for now, they are designed to interact with the virtual assistant Alexa.
Five years ago, technology and manufacturing experts promised another revolution that started with 3D printers. The future possibilities of this technology have become a source of fantasy, so in the long run, it began to seem that many consumers will soon be able to install 3D printers of acceptable size in their homes and print everything they can design in a fantasy.
Such expectations were not destined to be fulfilled, because the printers were expensive, and it was also difficult to print things, because the right and expensive materials were needed. Also, it was especially difficult to make drawings of the desired products. As a result, only businesses and technology enthusiasts were adopted this technology eventually.
In 2014, Facebook bought a virtual reality device company Oculus, technology giant Samsung introduced Gear VR in 2015, and HTC released its Vive in 2016. At that time, the green light for the virtual reality revolution seemed to be on. However, it seems that all attempts have failed. For ordinary users, relatively expensive virtual reality devices proved to be too expensive technology, and the devices themselves were very demanding for computer speeds. To experience what virtual reality means, quite powerful computers have been needed, while cheaper alternatives are disappointing with too limited content.
On the other hand, virtual reality has found its niche in the gaming industry. Market analysts estimate that this market was worth $ 7.7 billion last year, and it is expected to reach $ 42.5 billion by 2025. Other virtual reality solutions, such as HoleLens, developed by Microsoft, have turned to business and help doctors to make surgeries.