Wired.com has this years top 10 list of technology breakthroughs (link)
10. Flexible displays.
Some of the other notable breakthroughs are:
6. GPS – Even though GPS technology has been around for almost 30 years now, it has been nominated for the fact that it has finally become ubiquitous and now appears in almost every gadget that you buy – PDAs, phones, cameras and ofcourse personal GPS nav devices.
4. Video capable Digital SLRs – this is my favorite breakthrough of 2008. I have a Nikon D40 and how I would like to upgrade to something like the Nikon D90 or the Canon 5D Mark II. Don’t believe me in how cool this breakthrough actually is? Then check out this video created using only the Canon 5DMk2 – Reverie and then take a look at the blog of the guy who created the video – stunning results are now possible by amateurs.
Here is one of the newest videos that Vincent Laforet created (also check out his blog for some real interesting posts on how he does his thing - http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/)
2. Android – This phone is awesome for how open it is compared to the iPhone. Unfortunately the G1 isn’t yet in the league of the iPhone, but I am sure that very soon we will see an Android phone that is just as awesome as the iPhone and even more.
1. AppStore – The AppStore represents the fact that Apple allowed 3rd party developers to begin creating applications for the iPhone. The AppStore, coupled with the fact that the iPhone 2.0 comes with a GPS were the main reasons I sprang for this phone.