From Siri and SSD to augmented reality and Ice Cream Sandwich, here are 10 technology game-changers
Voice input won't supplant mice, keyboards, and touch anytime soon, but the debut of Apple's "personal assistant" -- Siri -- on the iPhone 4S is a sign of things to come. Competing mobile platforms, including Android and Windows Phone 7, offer a hodgepodge of voice commands as well. Like Siri, however, they're still a work in progress. So where's the business opportunity here? Third-party developers will use voice input in any number of creative ways, including something as pedestrian as asking your phone to find a better price on the pair of Bluetooth headphones that you're trying out at Best Buy. And Siri's voice-search capabilities have the potential to seriously disrupt Google's very profitable business model.