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Here Is A Trash Can Full of Flip Cams”…. Scrambler writes -

…While I like to think it’s an omen—that mankind is to read this as a cautionary tale not to ever let smartphones determine the trajectory of a badass camera in its own right, it’s probably just another one of those charming signs of the times that are meant to remind us all that we’re headed straight for Hell, the break cables cut in our Mitsubishi Galant with a spoiler, listening to garbage mainstream pop music…

At least there’s this heartbreaking photo of a bunch of Flip cameras in a trash can at Cisco to remind us of the sordid hellscape we call reality looks like.


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Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Todd Phillips says:

    heartbreaking waste… why not GIVE the cameras to non-profits -  schools, churches, red cross, etc? help people in need WHILE NOT contributing to environmental problems? an organization like techsoup.org would have surely taken the cameras and distributed them for cisco…

  2. Todd Phillips says:

    heartbreaking waste… why not GIVE the cameras to non-profits -  schools, churches, red cross, etc? help people in need WHILE NOT contributing to environmental problems? an organization like techsoup.org would have surely taken the cameras and distributed them for cisco…

  3. Todd Phillips says:

    heartbreaking waste… why not GIVE the cameras to non-profits -  schools, churches, red cross, etc? help people in need WHILE NOT contributing to environmental problems? an organization like techsoup.org would have surely taken the cameras and distributed them for cisco…

  4. James says:

    Anyone have the address of the garbage can?

  5. This is so sad…

  6. This is so sad…

  7. beerschool says:

    it’s possible that these are non-working shells that would be used for photography, trade shows and other places where display units are needed. or they could also be engineering verification / qualification samples pulled from the assembly line to test functionality. these could also be prototypes built into existing housing. if they are these units would have to be destroyed per company policy. every IP based company has rules like this. also, as it looks like Flip won’t be flipped to a different company allowing it to continue there would be no reason to keep these cameras no matter what state of development they were in.

  8. beerschool says:

    it’s possible that these are non-working shells that would be used for photography, trade shows and other places where display units are needed. or they could also be engineering verification / qualification samples pulled from the assembly line to test functionality. these could also be prototypes built into existing housing. if they are these units would have to be destroyed per company policy. every IP based company has rules like this. also, as it looks like Flip won’t be flipped to a different company allowing it to continue there would be no reason to keep these cameras no matter what state of development they were in.

    1. TieDyePie says:

      You may be on to something. Looks like you can see through the screen of one of the models there.

    2. jake says:

      +1 Unfortunately when you work in R&D you see a lot of products dumped.

  9. beerschool says:

    it’s possible that these are non-working shells that would be used for photography, trade shows and other places where display units are needed. or they could also be engineering verification / qualification samples pulled from the assembly line to test functionality. these could also be prototypes built into existing housing. if they are these units would have to be destroyed per company policy. every IP based company has rules like this. also, as it looks like Flip won’t be flipped to a different company allowing it to continue there would be no reason to keep these cameras no matter what state of development they were in.

  10. jake says:

    That is such a weird post. Cisco dumped the Flip because they couldn’t make enough money and didn’t see it changing, so we are all going to hell? Weird connection there.
    “mankind is to read this as a cautionary tale not to ever let smartphones determine the trajectory of a badass camera” What?!?
    You might have thought that the Flip was a good tool, but overwhelming response from the market place said people don’t want to carry around a strictly video device. They would rather carry a point-and-shoot and or use their smart phone with video capabilities. As Chase Jarvis said, “The best camera is the one that you have with you.”
    Besides, we don’t even know the back story on these particular cams. For all we know they are test models that were baked, submerged, impacted, etc. Most companies require these be destroyed after testing, even if they still function. If they were partially damaged in testing and quit working after you sell or give them away, then it just opens a can-of-worms on support. It also leads to the issue of workers taking tested product and selling it.

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