2012 is almost at its end. Just three days to go and you would be yelling the Happy New Year monologue to almost everyone you meet in your party driven and mostly drunk stupor. After three days we will be in the hands of the year that has long been marked as the year of the apocalypse. Apocalypse or not in 2013, the year of 2012 has really given us more then a handful of things to cheer about. MachineHappy today would like to present those ten technology events of 2012 which will be remembered in the future (if we make it across the apocalypse), as the technology that made a mark, made us happy and evoked emotions worldwide. Here’s MachineHappy’s New Year Eve pick of the Top 5 Technology Events of 2012 that will be counted amongst the milestones in history.
MachineHappy Top 5:
- Samsung beats Nokia in mobile market for the first time in 12 years: Riding upon the success of its Galaxy S range of mobiles and Galaxy Note series and the Android wave, Samsung not only rode well over Nokia as the most courted and suited mobile manufacturer but also has reduced Nokia to almost a bystander at the border lines of the mobile market. In fact so bad was the battering received by Nokia that it was thrown under troubled clouds in terms of its earnings as well. Not only this Samsung also burst the smartphone Apple and RIM bubble by becoming the most sought after smartphone manufacturer in the world too. The big part in history however isn’t the piece of information of Samsung becoming the market leader but its the part of the Android being used by Samsung as the technology that points towards the future. What remains to be seen in 2013 is whether Samsung stays the top dog or Nokia will manage to make a come back via its Windows 8 wave of products.
- Mars Rover: The Mars Rover, the earthling and NASA initiative to check out martian or alien life on Mars has seen four successful rovers going into the martian soils of Mars. Currently the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers are in active state over Mars. The Mars Rover landed on Mars in August 2012 and has been since then roving over the red soils of Mars exploring life signs. The most successful of this exploration has been the tracing of simple organic compounds on planet Mars which are pointers towards a probable future on Mars for human life. The Mars Rover makes it to the top 5 technology events of 2012 because it could be the pointer towards a future when we might actually go and live on Mars or maybe the next new year when we might actually meet the little green martians from Mars.
- Return Of Microsoft In Mobiles and Tablets: 2012 was the year which saw the return of the legend. Yes, that’s right, Microsoft made a comeback to the mobile and tablet market with much looked up to products like the Microsoft Surface tablets coming into the market. Although they haven’t been the hyper successful offerings that Microsoft experienced in the PC market, still its a notable shift because mobility is where the future is and the very indication that Microsoft is trying to make a comeback in this segment speaks volumes of what one could expect in the coming years. And with the launch of Windows 8 Microsoft might be mulling over the next big thing in mobility that will carry Microsoft all over it.
- Google Goggles: Compiling a top 5 technology and no google on it? That doesn’t happen very often in current times. And to be sure Google does make it to the top 5 technology events of 2012 in the next two features. Coming first is the Google Goggles. Search by taking a picture, point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, a storefront, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. This is how we defined Google Goggles, Googles next big search service that has already started creating the wow effect in the information market. This search service is definitely one of the most disruptive forms of how we look at search technology. I mean searching through pictures, that’s just how future will be and Google, way to go for bringing it in so quick and so early.
- Google’s Driver Less Cars: Cars Without Drivers. A fictional statement. In fact nothing we are experiencing right now. But if Google goes its way we could soon have cars that move on their own without drivers around the city roads. A definite move towards the future, driver less car technology was tested by google in 2012. The Google driverless car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View.