The tech industry is riddled with vaporware — those products that get a big public announcement, but never actually find their way to stores. And it’s always been this way. Just ask investors who were throwing tons of money at airship companies at the turn of the 20th century.
Is the world of autonomous single-passenger drones just over the horizon? Will you be commuting like George Jetson next year? Today, a Chinese company called EHang made a splashy announcement at CES promising just that. But consider us skeptical.
Kickstarter and vaporware go hand-in-hand, but as it turns out, there is a limit. That limit is a laser-powered razor with no good prototype.
If we've learned anything from the history of 20th century vaporware, this gorgeous hoverbike from Aerofex probably won't be hitting showroom floors by 2017. Companies that announce release dates of two or three years away generally like to keep pushing it further into the future while they're raising money. Just look…
A lone report in China's state-run Beijing Times claims the nation is already in discussions to build an 8,000+ mile railroad connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S.—including a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait. Forget taking this with a grain of salt, you're gonna need the whole shaker.
It's that time of year again! Every six months or so, the media rave about the latest advancements in flying car technology. They insist your flying car is ALMOST HERE! No, no it's not.
Cold fusion is a theoretical (and highly doubtful) reaction that makes huge amounts of energy. Last year, the inventor claimed his Energy Catalyzer fusion device could produce electricity at 1% the cost of coal. This week, a North Carolina company bought the rights to the tech. Did they get bamboozled?
At CES every year, we cover hundreds of products. They're usually only barely differentiated from previous models. But sometimes, companies trot out devices and technology that could bring something new and wonderful to the market—it's just too bad the odds of this vaporware ever being for sale are slim to nil. Here's…
It's the product that will never be. Like that sixth season of The Wire, we hope that it happens, but we know deep in our hearts that it won't. Intel's Nikiski ultrabookand its see-through-trackpad-display falls into that category.
Last we looked in on Michael Arrington's ballyhooed Crunchpad, the little guy wasn't doing so well. Wrong! Well, wrong according to Michael Arrington, anyway. Nevertheless there are assurances today that the tablet is on track and still very much alive.
The zany modular phone platform known as Modu is allegedly set for a Wednesday launch with a price tag starting around $130.
There's a principle in psychology that says promising something and then taking it away is a bigger disappointment than not knowing about it in the first place. Vaporware is the epitome of this for gadgetheads.
For this week's retromodo installation, we're looking at the Death Ray Machine, (awesome name). Apparently, the device was put together by a Cleveland scientist, and its abilities were only showcased in a one time display to members of the National Inventors' Congress at Omaha, Nebraska. The Death Ray Machine was…
Nokia presented some cool cells today and also slipped this concept video of a future iPhone-clone. Nokia has confirmed that this demo is strictly for the UI, not the device: the hardware is not real and the LCD's images are overlaid. Yes, it's not even a working prototype, as you will see after the jump. [Video…
The sexy Zenum Opus smartphone has been making its way around the Interwebs for quite some time, and today it's finally getting a release date. According to the gang at Unwired (who checked in with Zenum), the smartphone will be out later this month. It'll come with a 2-megapixel camera, Windows Mobile 6, a 2.5-inch…
Quick update on the Optimus Keyboard project: the OLED keys won't actually move. Instead, a transparent cover over the little screens will press down, keeping the screens fixed in place underneath.