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It is a well-known phenomenon when it comes to IT gadgets: the solution is already there, only the problem is still missing. You will hardly believe the technical junk some companies have produced over the past few years and in some cases actually thrown onto the market. It's just a good thing that the customers saw through the crappy game very quickly in the vast majority of cases. Enjoy these 17 useless things that have become IT!

17. Samsung Gear 2

Dear Samsung fans - it is time to face reality: every time a new product category appears in the tech sky (or the references to a new Apple product condense), your favorite company has its own strategy . The Koreans flood the market with all sorts of product excesses, then see what works best and finally concentrate on exactly that. This is also the case with smartwatches.

The Gear 2 was without a doubt a well-made, well-built, high-quality product. But still useless. It started with the operating system: Tizen OS. That wasn't so bad at first, until Samsung decided to only produce smart watches with Android OS. From this point on, it looked correspondingly bleak for Tizen in terms of new apps and features.

The next problem: The Gear 2 was only compatible with a handful of Samsung smartphones and tablets. So you not only had to pay 200 euros for the smartwatch, but also 600 euros for the right mobile phone. Anyone who got a new smartphone then very likely needed a new smartwatch.

16. Amstrad E-Mailer

With many useless gadgets, the basic idea was, or is, quite ok - only what is made of them leaves something to be desired under certain circumstances. The emailer from the traditional British IT company Amstrad is one such case. It was a desk phone with an LCD display that was supposed to be a kind of e-mail messenger machine. Back then - in 2000 - the idea of ​​being able to check e-mail on a mobile phone was quite a bold one. So why not present with a desk phone first? Amstrad founder and "The Apprentice" UK host Alan Sugar knows his way around bold ideas and views anyway - after all, in 2005, in the best Ballmer fashion, he predicted the imminent death of the iPod.

The biggest problem with the part was the business model behind it. The emailer itself wasn't too expensive, but using it was. And not too close. Access to the Internet and e-mail was via an expensive service telephone number and the Amstrad server. This meant that access to electronic mail was not limited to just one place in the house - what was actually a free service was also really expensive. To top it all off, the users were also penetrated with advertisements via the LCD display.

So the service was a disaster, but the technology behind it was an even bigger one. Not only did the e-mailer look really cheap and was also processed in this way - the part caused fear and horror among the British IDG colleagues when a test device caught fire. Rumor has it that then Amstrad CEO Bob Watkins preferred to fire himself rather than continue working on Alan Sugar's vision.

15. Xybernaut Poma

This wearable tech beast is a very special case. So special that you don't really know where to start. The wearables manufacturer Xybernaut, which has always been somewhat dubious, wanted to land the big hit in 1999 with a portable PC called Poma (project name "MA IV"). Strangely enough, this conglomerate of cheap, body-wrapped peripheral parts received serious acclaim when it premiered at CES 2002. Why? We don't know either.

The fact is: the - or that - Poma, ran on the useless Windows CE OS and should cost 1500 euros. Benefit: Nothing. It made you look like a real nerd idiot from a sci-fi comedy from the early 1980s. After all, this tech product should have been a hit at Halloween parties.

14. Withings Smart Hairbrush

At CES 2017, Withings showed the product of its cooperation with L’Oreal subsidiary Kérastase: a smart hairbrush - the ultimate example of a problem-free solution. In autumn 2017, the "future of hair care" should enable a "holistic hair assessment". We all want that, right?

For this purpose, various sensors monitor the way in which you dress up your shaggy clothes and provide a vibration alarm if the nags should go crazy while combing. The data is then transferred to the smartphone via Bluetooth and WiFi, where an app visualizes the health of the mane. Sure, for one or the other hair fetishist it might sound tempting to pull the trigger for 200 euros - for most people, however, that might not be the case. Just say "smart hairbrush" five times in a row - you might then find the meaning of this product.

13. Nokia N-Gage

Good idea, bad execution - this also applies to the Nokia N-Gage. The main flaw in this gadget was that Nokia tried to put a phone function on a game console instead of developing a smartphone with games functionalities. A comparison shows the uselessness of the undertaking: Just imagine if you had to make a phone call with a Nintendo Wii ...

In addition, the N-Gage cost a lot more than Nintendo's Game Boy, the number and quality of the games was more than manageable and the thing was ugly. Both as a handheld and a mobile phone.

12. DIVX DVD player

Before the name DivX meant anything good, US electronics chain Circuit City tried to force a revolution in the video rental market with Digital Video Express (DIVX) in 1998. The idea: consumers should no longer borrow, but buy. Something like "disposable DVDs" that could be played for 48 hours and then had to be activated for a fee.

Of course you needed a special "DIVX-enhanced" DVD player. Wouldn't have been a bad idea if the players had been free. Unfortunately, the devices were much more expensive than "normal" DVD players. In addition, they had to be connected to the telephone line in order to function at all. So you could no longer make phone calls. We don't even write about the fact that an unmanageable number of faceless large corporations knew exactly who was consuming which content and when.

11. Datawind PocketSurfer 2

In mid-2007 the internet is still a desktop affair. At this point in time, broadband use is still in its infancy and the fees for an Internet connection are correspondingly high. At that time, mobile users had a Blackberry and the mobile web largely consisted of soccer results, cinema programs and WAP.

The solution for all these problems should be the PocketSurfer 2. A kind of smartphone, only without the phone - marketed as a "mobile internet device". The device had a full-fledged keyboard that promised full Internet and e-mail functionalities for on the go. According to the manufacturer Datawind, the whole thing should also work without any contractual obligations and expensive data tariffs. Only a few advertisements when starting up and shutting down the device should be displayed.

Sounds like a good concept, doesn't it, you say? In fact it does. Unfortunately, the device could not meet expectations: Not only was the workmanship of rather poor quality - the business model simply did not work. Because anyone who wants to successfully operate an advertising model needs one thing above all: users. And they preferred an iPhone.