Admit it Here: The Gear You Bought and Never Use

Admit it Here: The Gear You Bought and Never Use

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Taryn Williford
Oct 27, 2011

You saved up a few paychecks, eating cereal for dinner for weeks, only to rush out and buy that new tech toy you've had your eye on. But here we are 6 months later, and all it's doing is collecting dust. Everybody has one—a much-anticipated but ultimately neglected piece of tech—and we want you to admit it right here.

For me, it's the XBOX Kinect.

When the Kinect first joined our multi-console family, I couldn't have been more excited. Between Dance Central, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures (yes, I even enjoyed the "game included" title), I played games with the Kinect every single day—at first. But after three or four months, the novelty wore off. It became a pain to slide the living room furniture around just to dance to a song or two.

But when it comes to abandoning tech, I'm not the only one who crashes down from a "new-gear" high. Here are some other popular answers we've heard from friends and colleagues while researching the topic:

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar Hero
  • WiiFit & WiiFit Balance Board
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera
  • Waffle Maker
  • EA Sports Active


We guess something about video games—especially workout video games—lends them to being cast off quickly. Especially the novelty of a system like Nintendo Wii.

In July, Wired published several reader-submitted photos of their lesser-used Wii systems & accessories (the photos in this post are two of them) under the headline, "Wiijected."

What about you? Have you Wiijected your Wii? Gotten sick of setting up the Rock Band Drums? Given up on getting fit with Kinect? We want to hear what devices you're not using, so tell us in the comments!

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