Tech gadget failures that someone thought would make great gifts
By John Toth / Editor and Publisher
Now that Christmas is over, let me focus some attention on what technology has done to gift giving and receiving. Just for fun, and because you need something to read while eating that burger.
I got one of those health monitor wristbands that continuously measures my heart rate and keeps track of what I do every second of the day and night.
That’s fine, except that I really don’t care what my heart rate is every second. I’m assuming that it’s about the same as the second before.
It was given with love, and I really appreciate the thought behind it. I am going to try to make good use of it, even though there is just so much information I need about what I do all day and night.
What if it breaks or the battery runs down, and it shows that my heart rate is zero? That would really freak me out.
Being a life-long gadget person, I’m the first one to jump all over the new stuff, but some are just expensive toys, and not all that useful.
I saw a heavy-set woman push one of these wristbands on a shopping network. She went on and on about how useful they are and how she can’t live without hers.
How can product-pushers on these shopping channels give testimonials on products they push? There is not enough time in the day. All they’d be doing is consuming 24/7. She also ranted about a cover that keeps the ice and frost off car windshields.
Maybe she needs one of these monitors to keep track of her heart rate while she is installing that cover. Pace things out a little, perhaps. Wait for the heart rate to go down a bit before clipping on the other side.
I had another one that was also an FM radio. That was before the Bluetooth era, and we had to connect corded earphones to it. That kind of limited my left hand movement, so eventually that gadget went into the garbage heap of technology as well.
Sony also came out awhile back with a wired PC mouse that doubled as a phone of sorts.
The problem was that when used as a phone, the mouse didn’t work, and the sound quality resembled that of someone talking underwater. It wasn’t a hit. Miraculously, I didn’t buy one.
Here is another gadget I didn’t get because I’m not much of a gamer - the Nintendo Virtual Boy, a portable monochrome gaming system that required that you press your eyes into the machine’s goggles.
Another useless gadget to me is the smartwatch. It only works when synced with a smartphone. I can just use the phone. And, you have to talk into the watch like Dick Tracy.
The lady who peddled the health-monitoring wristband looked like she could use the HapiFork.
And just to make sure that you keep track of every bite you eat and how you eat it, there is a smartphone app that comes with The HapiFork. Bon Apetit. “You’ve had enough. Put down the fork.”