What's popular in consumer technology? If you look at most wanted lists from last Christmas, it seems that tablets and smartphones were all the rage. As it turns out, however, it seems that the most wanted gadgets of our time move in a kind of cycle where one particular product dominates a few years to only concede to something else down the road.
The cyclical nature of popular tech has been documented in a new infographic from Insurace2go. The information may be popular tech from the UK, but I think you'll find that it's largely analogous to popular tech in the U.S. As you'll see, game consoles and phones have dominated popular tech for the past 30 years with both going in and out of vogue until something new comes out.
The past few years have been dominated by mobile devices like the iPad and the Galaxy Note, so does that mean that game consoles are going to move back in on their turf? Probably not, unless the next PlayStation or Xbox really wow consumers. I'm with Insuracen2go on this one - the next popular technology will involve wearable computing.