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Hype Cycle for Consumer Technologies, 2009

Published: 31 July 2009

ID: G00169571

Analyst(s): Tuong Nguyen , Stan Bruederle, Annette Jump , Jouni Forsman , Angela McIntyre, Van Baker , Elia San Miguel, Michael Maoz, Amanda Sabia, Allen Weiner, Amy Teng , Ken Dulaney, Nick Jones , Mike McGuire , Stephen Kleynhans , Nick Ingelbrecht , Thilo Koslowski, Jon Erensen , Amy Leong, Monica Basso, Paul O'Donovan, Charlotte Patrick, Robin Simpson, Andrew Frank , Tole J. Hart, Annette Zimmermann , Carolina Milanesi, Yuko Adachi


Consumer electronics manufacturers have moved from pure hype to delivering products with real benefits. The next wave of technology is centered on connectivity, bringing a new set of problems, and ease of use continues to be a problem.

Table Of Contents
  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
    • New to the Hype Cycle
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Super Hi-Vision
    • 3-D Flat-Panel Displays
    • TV Widgets
    • Home Networking Standard
    • Rich Information Visualization
    • Broadband-Connected Televisions
    • Wi-Fi Personal-Area Networks
    • Bluetooth Low-Energy Wireless Technology
    • Over-the-Top Set-Top Boxes
    • HDMI Active Cables
  • At the Peak
    • Home Server/NAS
    • Bluetooth 3.0
    • OLED TVs
    • Pico Projectors
    • WAN-Connected Portable Consumer Electronics
    • Mobile Internet Devices (Consumer Electronics)
    • E-Book Readers
    • Mobile Application Stores
    • Mobile Internet Devices (as Subsegment of Smartphones)
    • Wireless HD Cable Replacement
    • Multitouch
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Terrestrial Digital Radio
    • TV Place-Shifting
    • Camera-Based Gesture Recognition
    • Online Video
    • Mini-notebooks for Consumers
    • Mobile TV Broadcasting
    • Digital Media Adapters
    • Game Consoles as Media Hubs
    • Wireline Home Networking (Coaxial and Power Line)
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Mobile Browsers
    • Satellite Digital Radio
    • Consumer Telematics
    • Mobile TV Streaming
    • Location-Based Services
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Navigation Solutions
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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