Palm founder Jeff Hawkins was the brains behind this "mobile companion," which was capable of syncing with Palm smartphones for when people needed larger screens and a keyboard. His idea drew internal skepticism. "People would just say, 'It's a stupid idea, who's going to buy this?'" Hawkins said in a 2007 interview.
Hawkins pressed on anyway. But with no native access to e-mail and other Palm applications, his critics were right. Palm CEO Ed Colligan killed Hawkins's pet project weeks before its expected launch.