The failed attempt to successfully petition the White House to build a Death Star nevertheless highlights a worthwhile way to use technology to engage the public.
Operating a computer with no-touch hand gestures is the hot new thing in user interfaces, but without standards we'll need to know a different "language" for every device.
The thin, flexible light screens with 4K resolution are four times sharper than LED or LCD monitors, but they could find limited use at first.
New Mexico's Encanto, which five years ago was the third fastest machine in the world, is now practically on the scrap heap.
Qualcomm's cloud-based service could keep wireless applications from using more bandwidth than they need.
The Raspberry Pi, a small single-board computer that can teach kids the basics of computer science, is also a robust computer, now with its own app store.
The new version of the markup language serves up multimedia content without the need for plug-ins and could help agencies built more secure websites.
With the eventual transition to Windows 8 or similar interfaces, touch screen are bound to expand beyond just smart phones and tablets.
Here's what to look for in emerging technology for government during the next year.
Most machines we think of as robots actually are Waldos, which makes the X-47B drone's autonomy all the more impressive.