From Siri and SSD to augmented reality and Ice Cream Sandwich, here are 10 technology game-changers
No "Minority Report" jokes, please. Augmented reality (AR) is no longer a sci-fi fantasy, but rather a real-world business tool that's beginning to appear in the mobile devices we use every day. Today's typical AR application overlays points of interest, such as restaurants and transit stops, over a live street view. Promising technologies such as Google Goggles and Layar Vision offer a glimpse of how AR apps, working in conjunction with tablet and smartphone cameras, will change the way businesses interact with their customers. Here's an example: A tourist points a camera at a hotel, views an overlay of vacant rooms, and books a reservation on the spot.