Launch date: 2003
Fatal flaw(s): Slow, lack of features
It's not Viewsonic's fault its Smart Display sucked. That honor goes to Microsoft, for its the one that came up with the idea and standard. The idea was pretty novel. Bill Gates thought consumers should be able to access and use their computer without having to be in front of their computer. His solution was to build a touchscreen monitor that would mirror your desktop and let you do all that you would on it, from the comfort of your couch. The only problem? Well, there were many. For one, due to licensing issues, a Smart Display could only be locked into one Windows computer. You couldn't stream media from it, or do much of anything else really, besides browse websites. Then there was the $1,000+ price tag that many people rightfully shied away from. After less than a year, Microsoft cancelled the project.