Launch date: October 17, 2000
Fatal flaw(s): Ahead of its time
Despite it's short lifespan, the 3Com Ergo Aubrey can rest in peace knowing it paved the way for another cutely designed Internet appliance: the Chumby. Like the Chumby, the Ergo was meant to accomplish simple Internet tasks like browsing the web. Creators Don Fotsch and Ray Winninger envisioned creating an Ergo for every room of the house, with the Aubrey being in the heart of the home: the kitchen. Sales weren't horrible, but after the Internet bubble popped, 3Com discontinued the product.