Museum of Failure Shows Google Glass, Barbie Doll with Growing Breasts, and Self-Destructing DVDs
For every successful product that hits the market, there are a few others that fail, and the show, showcasing more than 159 failed innovations, opened on Friday at NY.
Failure Museumbased in Brooklyn offers over 159 failed products and services such as Google glass glasses, and Barbie doll who has growing breasts and self-destructing DVDs.
Founder Samuel West said he created the exhibit to help the public learn from failure, which is “an essential aspect of progress and innovation.”
The showroom features products from major technology companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoftbut there are also food items such as Crystal Pepsi and low fat Pringles that have not made it to the market.
DailyMail.com chose seven of the strangest failed projects.
The Growing Up Skipper was released in 1975 but was discontinued in 1977. The doll’s breasts grew when her arm was turned.
The Museum of Failures has opened in the Industrial City and will be open until May 14.
The venue, located in the Industrial City, is located between 33rd and 34th streets at 900 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232.
Jim Somoza, Managing Director of Industry City, said in a statement, “Industry City is a diverse community of forward-thinking companies built on the idea of innovation and experimentation, much like a Museum of Failure.”
“Thinking outside the box and risking failure is often the only path to success. We look forward to returning this exhibition to the US.”
Mattel released a younger sister, Barbie, in 1975, but she had growth issues that were not welcomed by parents who bought the doll for their child.
Growing Skipper was designed to bloom when you rotated her left hand clockwise, which caused her breasts to grow from her rubbery chest and her poop to expand by an inch.
The slogan was “Two dolls in one, twice the fun”, but Mattel considered the toy perverted in the media.
A coalition of women’s groups in Connecticut protested the doll, urging manufacturers to stop advertising a doll that “grows up” when its arm is twisted.
“It is destructive to the image of women,” said the Connecticut Feminist Committees on Media Reform in 1975.
The Growing Up Skipper was discontinued in 1977.
Google Glass hit the market in 2012 for $1,500 but failed due to privacy, legal and security concerns. Googled stopped selling in 2015
Google Glass was publicly unveiled in April 2012 with great fanfare as “smart glasses” that can display information along with what the user is seeing via an optical head-mounted display.
A prototype version was available in April 2013 for a limited period before becoming more widely available in May 2014 for $1,500.
However, Google Glass soon became a lightning rod for criticism, especially regarding privacy, legal and security issues.
The criticism, along with other issues that hindered the product such as high price and software issues, prompted Google to stop sales to consumers in January 2015.
In 2019, Google launched a $999 pair of smart glasses for businesses that look like a pair of traditional glasses rather than a futuristic headpiece.
Launched in 2003, Flexplay pioneered the release of one-shot DVDs that revolutionized the way people watch movies.
The company has developed “self-destructing” video discs that change color from red to black 48 hours after being removed from the packaging.
FlexPlay hoped to revolutionize the way you watch movies when it released “self-destructing” DVDs in 2003.
The video discs turned from red to black 48 hours after being taken out of the packaging. It failed to catch on and was discontinued in 2008.
The DVDs were made with a special oxygen-sensitive glue. Once the disc is exposed to air, the chemical reaction causes the adhesive to darken.” TIME reports.
The discs cost $7 each, which at the time was more than BlockBuster’s rent, and although cheaper than buying a traditional DVD, FlexPlay became unusable after two days.
Not only did it fail with consumers, but environmental groups weren’t fans of throwaway discs either.
And in 2008, FlexPlay permanently removed its “innovation” from the market.
In 2007, the Hawaii Chair was released, which promised users a thinner waste, causing them to hula when they sit.
According to the Perfect USA website, the Hawaii chair “combines the ancient Hawaiian art of hula with an easy-to-use and fun exercise machine.”
The hips of the users rotate as the seat rotates clockwise and counterclockwise at the desired speed.
The Perfect USA Hawaii Chair, released in 2007, promised to shrink the waist by making users hula dance, but consumers realized that didn’t happen.
The website says that “Hawaii chair exercises work hard on your waist, buttocks, and thighs to defrost and loosen excess fat.”
“After using the Hawaii chair, you will have a narrow and well-defined waist.”
The power chair offers nine speeds that get the job done for users, “without strenuous exercise, for anyone who wants to achieve a good waist and keep the body in shape.”
The $350 gadget gained popularity when it appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in early 2008, but slowly lost the market as consumers realized it wasn’t the fitness miracle it claimed to be.
It is not known when Perfect USA discontinued their chairs, but they are no longer available for purchase.
Nintendo Power Glove
Released in 1989 for $100, the Power Glove was a virtual reality game controller for the entertainment system (NES).
The device detected wrist tilt and finger wiggle, which were translated into action in a video game.
Launched in 1989 for $100, the Power Glove was a virtual reality game controller for the entertainment system (NES). However, it didn’t really work, and it was discontinued after five months.
It gained popularity when it was featured in the 1989 film The Magician, which hit theaters just before Christmas.
Shortly after the launch, Mattel reported that 100,000 units had been sold, a big win for the company.
However, problems arose when gamers realized that the Power Glove was not working.
It was difficult for consumers to control and connect to the game console.
And just five months after the launch, the Power Glove was gone.
Rejuvenating face mask
The Rejuvenique face mask, launched in 1999, is worn over the head and tightens the facial muscles using electrical stimulation.
Rejuvenique face mask: A device released in 1999 that straps to the head and tightens the facial muscles with electrical stimulation. It has been claimed that your skin will be youthful in just 12 weeks. It has been declared unsafe by the FDA and has been taken off the market.
The company said users should use the mask for 15 minutes at least three times a week, and it has been “clinically proven” to improve skin elasticity, reduce crow’s feet, wrinkles and beautiful skin tone in just 12 weeks.
The Rejuvenique Face Mask required a nine-volt battery and came with a VHS user manual. It was sold for about $400.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the mask unsafe in 2000 and, a year after its launch, said that without FDA approval, “marketing Rejuvenique is against the law.”
The “specially designed gold-plated face pads” are said to provide a workout for all 12 “face zones” to give you a youthful look.
Crystal Pepsi, which tastes like regular Pepsi but lacks the caramel color, debuted in test markets on April 13, 1992, and then nationwide in December of that year.
Crystal Pepsi, which tastes like regular Pepsi but lacks the caramel color, made its debut in test markets on April 13, 1992, and was poured into pills a year later.
It came at a time when food and beverage companies were thinking outside the box to outsmart the competition.
The colorless soda was developed with the help of a food scientist named Surinder Kumar, who was behind Nacho Cheese Doritos.
Pepsi had a soft launch in several US cities, including Denver and Sacramento, and received positive reviews for the new soda.
Crystal Pepsi made about $474 million in its first season, and Coca-Cola responded with Tab the following year.
Coca-Cola admitted that it produced Tab to kill Crystal Pepsi, but Pepsi’s own product committed suicide.
People became uninterested once they found out that it tasted like the original dark soda, but not as much as Pepsi.
A year later, at the end of 1993, Crystal Pepsi was discontinued.