Year it was supposed to blow: 70s
What happened: Before hard disks took over as the dominant form of computer storage, Andrew Bobeck created what was supposed to be the next big thing: Bubble memory. Comprised of a thin film that of magnetized material that would store one bit of data in in little domains called bubbles, Bobeck’s memory was seen as the next big thing. Large companies like Bell Labs, Konami (which released an arcade system based around the memory), and even Intel invested in research. However, when the hard disk arrived with faster data speeds, more storage, and a cheaper production costs, all work on Bobeck’s baby came to a halt.