When you work on a major project for an extended amount of time – be it an awesome new piece of software or some sort of newfangled gadget – you can’t help but become emotionally attached to it. Some even go so far as to call their projects their babies. Well, let’s be blunt: there are some ugly babies out there. And while you might not tell a proud new mother her newborn’s a hideous freak, we’re going to call out some of the worst tech “babies” of all time, be they simple disastrous flops or actual tech-related disasters. Somewhere, coders are covering their faces in shame.
And hey, we’re not just poking fun at these failures; we’re also remembering them, lest they be forgotten and repeated. Because who wants a Virtual Boy 4S?
Let's start with a poster child for flops: the Gizmondo. (Not Gizmodo, we love those guys and in fact swiped this pic from there.) The Gizmondo tale is a spectacular one full of expensive launch parties, big promises (and an epic failure), crashed luxury cars and a CEO with a background in criminal fraud, counterfeiting, guns and drugs. Seriously.