I always seem to develop a soft-spot for unpopular tablet user interfaces.

First there was WebOS (which barely saw the light of day). Then BlackBerry’s Playbook (I spent many a lunchtime in PCWorld, swiping between apps). And now Windows 8.1 on the brilliant Surface (which Microsoft now seems intent on destroying).

In each case, greedy corporations, eyeing world domination, refuse to accommodate niche markets and prematurely kill products with great potential.

The mass market will always trash great ideas.