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5 Awesome Gadgets That Never Made It


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The Skiff Reader
The Skiff Reader would have been a large e-reader device that would compete with gadgets like the Amazon Kindle but it never made it to store shelves.
The Skiff Reader would have been a large e-reader device that would compete with gadgets like the Amazon Kindle but it never made it to store shelves.
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At CES 2010, a company called Skiff showed off a prototype of an e-reader device that had a thin steel foundation. It had a touch-screen interface, was flexible and with an 11.5-inch (29.2 centimeter) screen it gave the user the feeling of holding a sheet of paper.

It seemed like a compelling product. It was easy to imagine reading newspapers or magazines on the device. It lacked the bulk of other e-readers and it looked great. So what happened?

News Corp, the company owned by Rupert Murdoch, bought Skiff in 2010 and then promptly dismantled the hardware division of the company, which it wasn't interested in. And so, another interesting device slipped through our fingers.


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