Here are 7 Tech Predictions Made by Consumers for 2012 and Beyond [INFOGRAPHIC]

With the year quickly coming to an end, Rogers released the results of a new Vision Critical survey to see what consumers expect from technology in 2012, publishing the results in its Rogers Innovation Report.

"The Rogers Innovation Report shows that technology is making smartphone and tablet users' lives easier and better and they expect that these advances will continue," says Upinder Saini, Vice President of Product Development, Rogers Communications. "Now that they've seen all that technology can do to improve their lives, they crave more."

Here are 7 predictions extracted from the data.


79% of Canadians expect more people to use smartphones to make purchases over the next couple of years.


83% of Canadians believe faster mobile internet is on the way next year, enabling online gaming and video streaming on the fly.


81% of Canadians believe movies, photos, and documents will soon be accessible everywhere virtually in the cloud.


85% of Canadians expect laptops to continue getting smaller and lighter next year.


82% of Canadians believe that their smartphones will soon be able to control systems inside their home, such as heat, lights, and security alarms.


Only 37% of Canadians believe that ereaders and tablets will fully replace books in the near future, suggesting our papery pals are here to stay for now.

"Canadians are connecting to each other and to devices that are literally transforming their daily lives," says Upinder. "We have only scratched the surface of what the Internet can do for us. I get very excited when I think about where technology is taking us. Don't blink or you'll miss it. The future is here and more is coming."

Other interesting stats from the report include the fact that 39% of Canadians sleep with their smartphone is bed or on their nightstand and 23% have an urge to use them in the bathroom.

Rogers Communications
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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