Top 7 products that should still exist

The Pioneer Kuro still boasts the best black levels five years after its untimely demise.

(Credit: Pioneer)

Last week, Panasonic announced that it was considering cutting its plasma production after next year; this is especially troubling, as its 2013 lineup looks like the company’s best yet.

Panasonic TVs like the ZT60 and VT60 could (finally) give our reference TV the Pioneer Kuro a run for its money, and for a much more affordable price. We’re not conspiracy theorists, but for one reason or other sometimes the best products just aren’t the most successful. Watch out, Apple’s rumored TV!

Panasonic’s sad news got us thinking about the many other products that have gone before their time. Whether it’s a beloved smartphone or a must-have TV accessory, CNET’s pages are littered with products whose lights once shined brightly but have now gone out.

Got another product you wished still existed? Let us know in the comments. In the meantime, click through our top 7 products below!

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Google Glass to be made in the USA, but still by Foxconn

Google Glass will be put together in Silicon Valley for starters.

(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Like so many other popular and much-coveted tech gadgets, Google Glass will be made by China’s Foxconn — but not in China.

The Financial Times is reporting that Google’s augmented reality specs will be assembled by the Taiwan-based company, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, at a facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Foxconn has contracts with many big names in the tech world to manufacture and/or assemble laptops, smartphones, and other consumer products in facilities around the world, including its massive, city-sized factories in mainland China.

According to the report, the small scale, high cost, and complexity of Glass made it a good candidate for the “made in the USA” label.

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