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8 things that genuinely seemed like they would change our lives

But probably didn’t.

1. Laserdiscs


Wait – a giant, fragile disc that can hold pictures and video?

2. Handheld TVs

A television that can… move?

3. SodaStream

Imagine a world where ANY drink can be fizzy. Where you would never be forced to drink an uncarbonated beverage ever again.

4. Pager


On the move. On the go. On the street. ALWAYS CONNECTED.

5. Watch with TV remote control

6. Nintendo Zapper


So wait. I can shoot? At the TV screen? With this gun? And it knows where I’m shooting?

7. Mobile phones with keyboards

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Your EMAIL. In your HAND.

8. Teasmade

An alarm clock that also makes you tea?

But wait – did any of these actually change your life much?

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Michael Freeman

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