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Gartner: Which emerging technologies are at a ‘tipping’ point?

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17th Aug 2012
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Gartner has named Big Data, 3D printing, activity streams, internet TV, Near Field Communication (NFC) payment, Cloud computing and media tablets as some of the fastest moving technologies in this year’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

According to the analyst firm, these technologies have moved considerably since last year’s Hype Cycle report with bring your own device (BYOD), 3D printing and social analytics identified as some of those at the Peak of Inflated Expectations.

New entries into this year’s cycle include Big Data, the Internet of Things, in-memory computing and strategic business capabilities.

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Consumerisation is also now expected to reach the Plateau of Productivity in two to five years, down from five to 10 years in 2011, said Gartner. 

The Hype Cycle graphic has been used by Gartner since 1995 to annually highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies more than 1,900 new technologies and innovation, grouped into 92 areas.

Hung LeHong, research VP at Gartner, added: “The theme of this year's Hype Cycle is the concept of 'tipping points.' We are at an interesting moment, a time when many of the scenarios we've been talking about for a long time are almost becoming reality.

“The smarter smartphone is a case in point. It's now possible to look at a smartphone and unlock it via facial recognition, and then talk to it to ask it to find the nearest bank ATM. However, at the same time, we see that the technology is not quite there yet. We might have to remove our glasses for the facial recognition to work, our smartphones don't always understand us when we speak, and the location-sensing technology sometimes has trouble finding us.”

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