Products That Get Announced And Disappear: The Bluetooth Suitcase
from the whatever-happened-to... dept
I’ve been reading a lot lately about the process of bringing new products to market, and what’s almost as interesting is the products that never actually make it — though there’s a lot less information about those. Jeremy Wagstaff, however, is trying to find out whatever happened to Samsonite’s missing bluetooth-enabled suitcase. Apparently, the product was announced back in 2002 with promises to be on the market later that year. Wagstaff found the idea compelling, while others (and I fall into this camp) found the idea baffling. What value is there in adding Bluetooth to a suitcase that can’t be accomplished better and cheaper through other means? And, apparently, that’s what Samsonite itself discovered soon after announcing (but not launching) the product. In various tests, it found that Bluetooth didn’t work very well, not enough people had Bluetooth phones and there simply wasn’t much value in Bluetooth-enabled luggage, so it went into the dustbin of products announced, but never launched.