Hype Cycle for Consumer Technologies, 2012



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This Hype Cycle examines the prospects for and status of various consumer technologies. It advises consumer electronics vendors, service providers, developers and others on the maturity of these technologies and their use. Mobility, connectivity and user interfaces remain the focus of innovation.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off The Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • Bioacoustic Sensing
      • Super Hi-Vision Systems
      • 802.11ah
      • Flexible Display
      • Tunable Frequency RF Antenna
      • 802.11ad
      • 802.11ac
      • Quantum Tunneling Composite
      • Electrovibration
      • Wireless Video — 60GHz
      • Fabric-Based Computing
      • Ensemble Interactions
    • At the Peak
      • HD Voice
      • Bluetooth 4.0
      • Wi-Fi Direct
      • 3D Printing
      • Smartphone Hypervisors
      • Glonass
      • Browser Client OS
      • Augmented Reality
      • PC Hypervisors
      • Dual Noise Cancellation
      • G.hn Home Networking Standard
      • Mobile High-Definition Link
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • NFC
      • Mobile WLAN Access Points
      • Gesture Control
      • Software-Defined Radio
      • E-Textbook
      • Indoor Positioning
      • Pico Projectors
      • Device-Embedded Biometric Authentication
      • Home Health Monitoring
      • Micro Fuel Cells
      • Embedded Wireless Cellular Modems
      • Bluetooth 3.0
      • TV Place-Shifting
      • USB 3.0
      • Voice to Text on Mobile Devices
      • Wireless Video — 2.4/5GHz
    • Climbing the Slope
      • E-Coupons
      • Haptics
      • MEMS Gyroscopes
      • Nonvolatile Memory Caching
      • 802.15.4/ZigBee
      • Electronic Paper
      • Consumerization
      • Multitouch Displays
      • Trusted Portable Storage Security
      • Convergent Charging
      • 802.11n
      • Magnetometer
      • PC-Grade Solid-State Drives
      • VoIP Over WLAN
      • Consumer Telematics
      • Embedded Cellular Data
      • Phone-as-a-Token Authentication Methods
      • Consumer Digital Rights Management
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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