Mashable’s Sam Laird lists the nine top tech breakthroughs of 2013:

  1. Oculus Rift – “virtual reality gaming device that fits directly over your head”
  2. Short-Form Video Platforms – (think Vine, Instagram video, and Snapchat)
  3. The Smartwatch – “today’s smartwatches are somewhat clunky”
  4. Google Glass – “will likely be released to the general public early next year”
  5. Touch ID – “scans your fingerprint to unlock the phone when you gently touch the home button”
  6. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop – “high speed transport system”
  7. Xbox One + Kinect = Unified Entertainment
  8. All Your Cards in One – new startup Coin makes progress digitalizing your wallet
  9. Selfies…in Space – “2013 has been the year of the selfie”