2013: A Year in Tech

Well, the year has almost ended, and I thought I would take the time out to talk about what impacted us the most this year. This is not going to be in any particular order, so don’t interpret this as a “Top Ten” list.

No More Woof, simply because it is so very interesting. Perhaps I should nominate it as my crowdfunded project of the year.

It was definitely the year of curved screens. There was that huge television set that Samsung unveiled, not to mention the smartphones of Flex and the GALAXY ROUND. It is clearly leading to an age of unbreakable bendable smartphone displays.

For military technology, check out the Gerald R. Ford. The first drone was launched from an aircraft carrier as well.

I also like the Aeroscraft. Also, Virgin Galactic SS2 makes its first test flight.

Let’s talk tablets. Lenovo had something really good going on with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. Nokia had the Lumia 2520 Tablet. Then there was the iPad Air and new iPad Mini. Then there is the Kindle Fire HDX.

It was a big year for phablets with the Galaxy Note 3. Nokia also had something interesting with them.

It was also a big year for smartwatches with the Galaxy Gear. The A.I. Smartwatch.

Of course, there are a lot of interesting robot gadgets like the Valkyrie, the Knightscope, the Bionic Man, Boston Dynamics Wildcat, the Mantis hexpod robot, and DARPA’s Atlas.

Oh hey, you can use your mobile phone during takeoff and landing. What’s next? Easier air travel?

This won’t come into play for a little while, but the CEO of Amazon announced flying drones to deliver packages.

Speaking of Amazon, they want to build that Bio-Dome in Seattle, and Google has the mysterious barge.

It was also a big year for Google Glass, and there are imitators sprouting up like the castAR, and more.

I like this 3-D Tactile Feedback screen from Disney Research.

Then there was the Xbox One and PS4. Too bad Nintendo isn’t doing so hot.

Okay, time for the best Speculative Fiction movie. There was a real landmark, but I did like Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., Oblivion and Catching Fire. Some of the worst disappointments were Elysium and Man of Steel, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and do I need to mention After Earth?

Microsoft buys Nokia! Google buys Boston Dynamics? Draw your own conclusions.

Android finally brought out their KitKat.

Let’s talk about more worse disappointments. I’ll go with the new Yahoo Mail.

Notable smartphones were the G Pro Lite, the Moto X, the Oppo N1, the Droid Maxx, the G2 QuickWindow Case, Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy S IV, the Nokia Lumia 1020, and the iPhone 5C and 5S.

That is all for this year. Talk to you next year.