Fast-moving technologies identified in the Gartner 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies include 3D printing, activity streams, Internet TV and Near Field Communication (NFC) payments
Cloud computing, media tablets and big data are still getting a lot of attention and moving rapidly along the hype cycle.
48 technologies are listed in this year’s hype cycle which is the highest in last ten years
The Hype Cycle has been used by Gartner since 1995 to highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation.
Trends for 2012 Emerging Technologies
Technology Trigger techs include: autonomous vehicles, 3D bio-printing, internet of things, 3D scanners, and more.
Peak of Inflated Expectations: HTML5, 3D printing, bring your own device, gamification, social analytics, and augmented reality.
Trough of Disillusionment techs include: NFC for mobile payments, cloud computing and gesture control (2-5 years), virtual desktops (0-2 years), virtual worlds, and more.
The Slope of Enlightenment now includes: media tablets, biometric authentication, and speech recognition.
The Plateau of Productivity is inhabited solely by Predictive Analytics.
The part I found most interesting was in the field of anlalyzing and consumer behavior: