By Hung LeHong and Jackie Fenn Gartner, Inc.
Imagine a trip to the movie theater in the future. When you enter, you unlock your smart phone with facial recognition, purchase tickets by stating your name to the clerk, swipe a tag at the entrance that sets your phone to “silent” for the duration of the movie, and listen to a talk by the film’s director who appears holographically at the front of the room.
Most of the technologies necessary to enact this scenario are available and charted on Gartner’s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology. In fact, it is only a matter of a few “tipping point” technologies that still need to mature for several compelling scenarios to take off.