Year it was supposed to blow: 2011

What happened: One day, your smartphone will be powerful enough to double as your personal computer. When you come home from work, all you’ll have to do is plug your handset into a dock and you will be able to use it the same way you would a computer. That day has not yet arrived. Unfortunately, no one told Motorola. When it announced the Atrix 4G, one of the accessories it was touting was a laptop dock that would turn the powerful, full-featured smartphone into a full-fledged laptop. Only it didn’t. The dock itself was well-built and a pleasure to type on. But the phone, as powerful as it was, wasn’t nearly powerful enough to rock on its own as a computer. We feel this technology will eventually blow up. Just not this year. Or next.