A promising portable gamer with Nvidia graphics, GPS, GPRS and SMS, the Gizmondo launched in a blaze of publicity – it even had its own shop on Regent Street, just six months after Apple branched into physical retail stores. But there were almost no games, and a shortage of consoles at launch thanks to a tortuous supply chain.
We said: "Gizmondo is set to wow UK consumers. This innovative underdog has the strength to punch above its weight."
Galileo (Mooted 2005)
All of your favourite sat-nav devices use the American GPS system to pinpoint your location. Galileo, its European equivalent with 30 satellites, would be far superior. Although the European Space Agency now has four satellites in orbit – making it possible to test the system – we're still waiting for it to come online.
We said: "It'll be footstep-accurate, even in densely urban areas and inside buildings. Come 2008, we should all know exactly where we are."
Tapwave Zodiac (2004)
We called this portable games console a "superb device" – it ran on PalmOS, packed a Motorola i.MX1 ARM 9 processor and ATI Imageon graphics accelerator, analogue joystick and a gorgeous 320x480 screen. And it could do sensible, too, working as a fully-functioned PDA. In fact, it was a little too sensible, with a shortage of games dooming the device to failure.
We said: "Let us introduce you to your new best friend. Tapwave's Zodiac is almost miraculous in spec."
SACD and DVD-Audio (1999 and 2000)
The future of music was supposed to be multichannel. If only the discs available weren't Lithuanian nose flute opuses or obscure, swirly 70s prog that sounds even worse when there's more of it.
We said: "All the more savvy operators will start to realise that the future of music is in 3D, not stereo." It wasn't.
Technically brilliant, HD-DVD actually sold better than its Blu-ray rival, at least initially. But the Blu-ray format benefitted from Sony's backing; Sony aggressively pushed the Blu-ray format through its own film studio (remember all those Casino Royale and Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray demos in stores? Both Sony films) and its PlayStation 3 console. When other studios started getting on board with Blu-ray – Warner Bros went Blu-ray exclusive in 2008 – it was the death knell for the HD-DVD format, the lame nag in a two-horse race.
We said: "While Toshiba is still championing HD DVD, Sony has announced that the PS3 will run off Blu-ray discs. And that means its format will win."