8 next big technologies that ... weren't

These technologies were supposed to change everything. Things didn't quite turn out that way.

When Apple unleashed the iPod a decade ago, many said it wouldn't go anywhere. Fast-forward and the digital music player has become one of the most successful consumer electronics devices in history.

Other technologies haven't been so lucky. Here are eight that were heralded as the next big thing, but sputtered or just went nowhere.

JP Mangalindan - Last updated October 05 2011: 2:08 PM ET
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