As I’m reading through year-end articles on the top technologies of 2011, along with predictions of what’s hot for 2012, I naturally start to reflect on the emerging technologies for the year ahead—and will anyone see them coming?
Undoubtedly this was another year where rapid technology adoption changed our behavior throughout the day. It was the year of the tablet, the smart phone, LTE and Android, to name just a few. It is hard to believe that the iPad2 came out less than one year ago and now tablets already have become a hot household product that spans generations throughout the home–small children, us middle-aged technology enthusiasts, and even our parents who were just struggling with e-mail downloads not too long ago. When my wife, the least tech-savvy person on the planet and proud, self-acclaimed late adopter, asked for one of her own, I knew we were on the cusp of a major consumer shift and the widespread humanization of technology. As we’ve all seen, tablets are omnipresent, across all ages, and have made their way far beyond the confines of business meetings.