Year it was supposed to blow: 1978–1999

What Happened: Handwriting recognition goes back all the way to the Palm Treos and the Apple Newton. Two devices that are no longer with us. Google has recently included handwriting recongition to its apps, but we think it’s pretty clear by now that people prefer to either speak to their phone via an app like Siri or just type it out. No one has time to scribble something down, wait for the phone to figure out what was written, and then try again once the phone incorrectly guesses that you were trying to write “Yeah” instead of “Yes.”