Year it was supposed to blow: 2001
What happened: The Segway was supposed revolutionize the way people walked. It was supposed to transform the way cities were laid out. At least that’s what inventor Dean Kamen thought. Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos both gave it their blessing. Upon its release, many countries have put restrictions in place limiting where people could ride Segways. For example, in about 30 states in the U.S. Users can not ride one on the sidewalk (so much for the walking part). In 2011, it was reported that about 80,000 Segways had been sold. Not a dismal failure by any means, but for a technology that was suppose to replace walking, it’s a tough break. Especially when the only people you see riding them are mall cops.