Best and Worst Gadgets of the Decade

Each year, companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google attempt to dazzle us with the latest in whizbang technology. These corporate giants, and much smaller businesses, have transformed our society with products like smartphones, virtual reality devices, smart personal assistants, and drones that map our world and invade our privacy.

However, not every product can be an iPad, a laptop, or a smart thermostat that improves our standard of living.

As we near the end of 2019, 24/7 Tempo is taking a look at the best and worst gadgets over the past decade. We compiled our list based on information from technology company websites, technology media such as gizmodo.com and complex.com, Consumer Reports, and general media sources such as Time magazine.

Many of the gadgets we’ve come to take for granted are the products that are continuously improved and refined, such as smartphones and flat-screen televisions. Sometimes, these advancements are significant enough that they merit consideration such as the MacBook Air.

Other products such as Amazon’s Echo personal assistant line have mainstreamed artificial intelligence and become quite popular. At the same time, they’re raised privacy concerns about the ethics of these devices accessing our information without our knowledge. These are the surprising things the government knows about you.

Some gadgets flop, and all the big companies have had clunkers. A wif-fi-connected juicing machine might have seemed like a good idea, but the public did not buy in. Hoverboards that were the rage among kids a few years ago, caught fire and had to be pulled from the marketplace. And the promise of a wearable product like eyeglasses that could receive information failed to find an audience. Some of these are among the biggest product disappointments. Here are the worst product flops of all time.