While it’s fun to guess and debate what the next big thing will be, regardless of whether it’s technology, political or social situations, or any other aspect, it’s much more fun to take a look at the things people said would be the next big thing that never did.

Reddit has recently been discussing just that—all of the things that people thought would be huge, but that most of us have now forgotten (or didn’t even know) about.

The online community’s user u/LineOfDeath (very appropriate given the question) asked people “What was supposed to be ‘The Next Big Thing’, but totally flopped?” and over 50,000 comments later, the AskReddit post blew up with over 76,000 upvotes in under a day.

Bored Panda invites you to take a look at the things people answered in the list below. And while you’re there, vote and comment on the best ones. Well, OK, not the best ones, but you get what I mean.

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#1

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Not entirely relevant, but I liked the trend where everybody wanted the smallest cell phone possible. For 20 years cell phones got smaller and smaller. Often being the main selling point of the phone.

Then all of sudden you could watch videos on your phone, and almost overnight the trend reversed to “larger is better”

Buttsquish , Unknown Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

I like the reversion to Nokia burner phones- not being pestered by the internet. Snake in colour

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#2

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Google Glass

novato1995 , Tim Reckmann Report

CaptainWolfy125
Community Member
5 months ago

It just looks like a glass in front of her eye

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#3

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online 2020

FairMiddle7 , Gwydion M. Williams Report

CaptainWolfy125
Community Member
5 months ago

Dude heavily guarded from covid

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#4

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online The Segway. It was supposed to change the way everyone lived. The invention of the century or something like that. A really big deal.

xxzzxxvv , David McKelvey Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

have a go of one- loads of fun, if a little dangerous

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#5

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Airship travel. These were the next, awesome way to travel long distances; in fact the spire on top of the Empire State Building was meant as an anchoring point for airships.

The Hindenburg kind of put a damper on it, though

Creative_Waltz_9462 , Unknown Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

they are becoming popular again

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#6

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Google+ was supposed to be the answer to Facebook

Puzzleheaded-Art-469 , Unknown Report

ethan simpson
Community Member
5 months ago

whats google+???

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#7

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online 3D TV

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Aurelia!
Community Member
5 months ago

why would you want to feel like YOU are getting attacked by zombies every time you watch the walking dead? The point is to enjoy OTHER PEOPLE getting attacked by zombies.

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#8

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online The European Super League.

Relevant-Door1453 , Paul Report

elStiJneriNO
Community Member
5 months ago

it's had it's day ... almost

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#9

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Hoverboards? I remember in a span of 3 months everyone had them and showed them off and then they just disappeared.

tashasei , JrTech Report

Shelby P
Community Member
5 months ago

because they break down so easily and quickly after purchase

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#10

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online The Panama Papers

dont_dox_me-bro , Frederik Obermaier Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

this is on Netflix. Check out 'The Laundromat'

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#11

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online The area 51 raid.

NuclearBreadLauncher , Wikimedia Commons Report

Chillace
Community Member
5 months ago

ah i remember me and my friends were joking about going there even though we were like 1000 miles away

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#12

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Mini disc

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

I loved these. MP3 killed them

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#13

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online This one might be a bit obscure just because I've only ever met one other person familiar with it, but Google's Project Ara modular smartphone was looking like it could've been the end all be all of smartphones.

Based off the Phonebloks idea of having a Lego-like hot-swappable module phone, the idea was that you could switch out any components of the phone on the fly. Camera, fingerprint scanner, even different quality screens. Conceptually, it really looked like it could take over the phone market, as it would lead to people not having to buy whole new phones anymore, but rather replacement or upgraded parts to a phone they already liked, thereby reducing costs and increasing utility.

You don't want a phone with 5 cameras that inflate the cost unnecessarily? Just buy a one camera module. You want a 1440P Super Amoled screen to replace your 720P regular screen? Buy one and swap it in.

However, like many Google projects, it died off for myriad reasons and the longstanding era of $1000 dollar smartphone slabs lived on.

ShartinMyKrelis , Maurizio Pesce Report

JLH
Community Member
5 months ago

As a PC guy, this was the holy grail, but noooooo, we can't have nice things.

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#14

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Windows phones.

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ARandomPerson
Community Member
5 months ago

so true

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#15

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online What ever happened to those curved televisions? I remember seeing one on an advert a few years back bit havent seen or heard about them since.

having_a_nosey , Wikimedia Commons Report

tomruns12
Community Member
5 months ago

They are still out there and someone what popular with videophiles but IMO its just a gimmick to make TV's more expensive.

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#16

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online The "Dark Universe" cinematic universe, starting with 2017's THE MUMMY.

JSanzi , imax Report

Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
5 months ago

Not a bad idea entirely to be fair

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#17

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Asbestos

Technically it was a hit! Right until it flopped when people figured out the whole 'inhaling rockfibers is not healthy' thing...

Th3Cooperative , Wikimedia Commons Report

GirlFriday
Community Member
5 months ago

It is still one of the most effective insulations and flame retardants of all time. It is just that whole "poking holes in your lungs" thing that killed it.

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#18

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Dip N Dots...



Been the "Ice Cream Of The Future" for 40 years now it seems.

T-Rex3131 , newwavegurly Report

Mifa
Community Member
5 months ago

To be fair Dip N Dots were luxury items in elementary school. I remember begging my friends for money on field trips so I could get one.

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#19

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online McDonald's pizza.

BuckNutley , merfam Report

CaptainWolfy125
Community Member
5 months ago

What... they have pizza now

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#20

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Xbox Kinect

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Chillace
Community Member
5 months ago

aaah memories. i remember they were trtying to be lik the wii

Kennedy Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

I still own and use this sometimes. It’s cool but , not as cool as it was.

Bill Cipher
Community Member
5 months ago

i still have one i use it to play just dance in my basement

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
5 months ago

As a game developer who worked with these (the second as well), I am a bit sad as there are packed with so many tech and possibilities... And we did so few...

Hanni
Community Member
5 months ago

Still using it for excercise. But I'm not cool, so...

Jill
Community Member
5 months ago

The kinect head tracking was amazing! You could look at the monitor and when you moved your head it changed and gave you the illusion of 3D. From 2007: https://youtu.be/Jd3-eiid-Uw

Erik Lawrence
Community Member
5 months ago

great, GREAT tech and potential.... no support

RoseTheMad
Community Member
5 months ago

The kinect dancing games (i forget the names, it wasn't Just Dance but it was kinda similar) and workout games were great. With the wii it only followed the remote, so you could easily "cheat", but the kinect followed and tracked your entire body, so far less easier to cheat!

Aeon Flux
Community Member
5 months ago

Dance Dance Revolution

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King Joffrey
Community Member
5 months ago

Again, I'm not sure why this flopped. Had oodles of fun with it but then they stopped making games that would use the tech.

Doubleheader
Community Member
5 months ago

I want to modify one for ghost hunting. =)

scrappyrat
Community Member
5 months ago

That was done in one of the "Paranormal Activity" movies. It was pretty cool. :)

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MustardLemon
Community Member
5 months ago

OH! the off brand wii! Our family had one! but then my dad got really peranoid it was always watching us, so he gave it away... Good Times!

Erik Lawrence
Community Member
5 months ago

the tech packed into those things is amazing for its size, cost, etc. they work great as 3d scanners.... I try to pick them up whenever i can find them used

Matthew Horne
Community Member
5 months ago

Still got mine. Kids and I still play Kinect Sports

Bonnie Walsh
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww I LOVED this! It's WAY better than Wii, u didn't need any controllers, your body IS the controller!

luke sky mario
Community Member
5 months ago

I played alean isolaton with this thing on and I farted which alerted the alean. 10/10 realistic

Vermillion Ace #443
Community Member
4 months ago

Far too awkward to have been useful, worse yet was the idea of integration in games that didn't actually need it. Thing was like a chunky webcam, if anything.

CincyReds
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww man, I loved my X-box kinect, was fun until my son's friend stole it when my son was in the Marine Crop, long story.

TY FERGUSON
Community Member
5 months ago

anybody play power up heros?

Robin Shi
Community Member
5 months ago

immature technology

Mia right
Community Member
5 months ago

I remember beating everyone at bowl and ball OHH wait i have a Xbox Kinect HA totally forgot

Snake of Eden
Community Member
5 months ago

The closest thing I had to a Wii...

K2D2
Community Member
5 months ago

Ah Dance Central on Xbox 360... Good times!

Manuel Baca
Community Member
5 months ago

I still have one and use it all the time. I love the physical activity it’s great.

Manuel Baca
Community Member
5 months ago

I still have on end use it regularly.

Alexander Kokkinos
Community Member
5 months ago

Its technology actually lives on in the Microsoft Hololens, which uses a mini kinect device for motion tracking.

Wuggerhumphden
Community Member
5 months ago

I've still got mine

Staci bigBolden
Community Member
5 months ago

Still have it

Cassandra Stevenson
Community Member
5 months ago

I took my kid to a dinosaur museum during a cross country trip that had a giant sandbox set up with a Kinect over it and a projection system. You moved the sand around with your hands and the Kinect in real time tracked the topography of what you’ve created and rendered whatever kind of island or whatever with it onto the tv in front of you. You could carve valleys, make rivers and lakes, make an ocean with just an itty bitty mountain in the middle, etc. We messed with it for a loooooong time. Was crazy cool.

thetacotruckman
Community Member
5 months ago

oh the nostalgia.

Delboy
Community Member
5 months ago

This is something I really miss, never had one but the idea was great, body tracking instead of controllers... Although now I think this combined with quest would be amazin

will.u.b.mine
Community Member
5 months ago

I have one of these...in a box...somewhere...that I could've left somewhere else...yk what idrk where it is...or if I still have it

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#21

Lazer discs the size of records.

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Tim Haight
Community Member
5 months ago

I remember those. Few places sold them. Everyoine sold and rented VHS tapes. And people could program their VCR to tape their favorite show.

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#22

QR Codes.

After so many years, they're finally getting some traction during Covid. I wonder if it will last.

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Shelp
Community Member
5 months ago

Right! Nobody ever saw the point of those

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#23

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online HD DVD

Still remember half the movies being blue and the others red.

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Matt Du
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5 months ago

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#24

Amazon’s shopping buttons. They pushed really hard for those and I never saw the point.

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Kyla Fierro
Community Member
5 months ago

I feel like I should know what this is...

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#25

The 2010 live action avatar: the last air bender movie

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T.
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5 months ago

That movie is so bad it's still hurting.

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#26

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online At the time video calling with your phone completely flopped because 3G couldn't support it. There was so much advertising about this thing that was meant to be huge but the tech really didn't work yet. But it did blow up later on with 4G, better phones, wifi in more public spaces.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

video calling is doomed to fail. I have to admit that zoom and skype are tedious.People like to do other things while speaking to others, which is why people still phone each other.

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#27

Hydrogen cars were a promising new form of motorized vehicle. They were supposed to be incredibly good for the environment, emitting only water as the exhaust. They exist, but not like how some people imagined. I was a pretty big hydrogen car believer at the time. There are some hydrogen stations, but mostly centered around California. Thing is that the hydrogen is quite expensive and not very efficient compared to smaller engines, hybrids, and EV’s. The hydrogen is also somewhat inefficient to produce, store, and distribute as well.

You can actually get a hydrogen car though, they’re out there. The Toyota Mirai is a really good example. Out of all hydrogen cars, that one is definitely most popular. In fact, Toyota pays for $15,000 worth of hydrogen in your first few years of ownership since it’s so expensive. This means that for your first 3-ish years of owning one, you might not have to pay a penny in fuel. As you can see I’m still a hydrogen advocate. Don’t expect to be able to take it very far from your nearest hydrogen station though.

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Ray Heap
Community Member
5 months ago

Cars like the Honda Hindenburg were doomed to crash and burn.

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#28

Here Are 30 Things That Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing, But Ended Up Forgotten, As Shared By People Online Elizabeth Holmes.

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Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

Read "Bad Blood." She not only conned hundreds of people, she single-handedly set back the credibility of women in the tech industry.

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#29

The Wii U

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Romery Wells
Community Member
5 months ago

YES. i still have my Wii U pad and all the acceseries to this day. and they work perfect

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#30

hat streaming service that lasted like two months. ‘Qubi’ or ‘Qupi’ I think?

Even bad timing aside (a mobile based streaming service at a time when no one could really leave their house) the marketing was just horrible. I saw ads for it for nearly a week before I realized it was a new video streaming service, and by that point was so annoyed by the ads untrusting everything I didn’t care at all, just out of spite. Also I mean it was just YouTube you have to pay for and got worse content.

EDIT: it was Quibi. It made so little impact I couldn’t recall at first.

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surprised pikachu
Community Member
5 months ago

oh my gosh yes! the ads didn't even really tell you what it was.

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