Here is a summary of the Gartner Hype Cycle for “Emerging Technologies”
for 2012 – what is stated explicitly, what can be inferred.
This Hype Cycle is suppose provide insight into emerging technologies that
have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high
impact in potential.
Most crowded hype cycle on emerging technologies in last 10 years
48 technologies are listed in this year’s hype cycle which is the highest
in last ten years. Last year they had 42 – year 2008 was the lowest (27)
– year 2005 was the previous highest (44).
What does this imply?
May be Gartner is right when it says:
We are at an interesting moment — a time when the scenarios we’ve been
talking about for a long time are almost becoming reality.
Which macro trends are stated explicitly in the report?
Any Channel, Any Device, Anywhere — Bring Your Own Everything Smarter
You may remember our introduction to QR Codes earlier. QR codes are a 2D
barcode that can hold large amounts of data, usually a link, and are becoming
more and more popular. QR codes are a great tool in merging online and
physical marketing but, like any tool, the key is to use them properly.
Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to QR codes.
DO use QR codes on print media, and make sure it links to a mobile friendly
site. Newspaper ads, fliers, store hours signs, business cards – anything
that it tangible, can be distributed or posted. This allows you to present
your online content to people on the go. Don’t overlook the mobile
friendly portion of that – most often people will be accessing them through
their smart phones. Make sure your site is mobile friendly or link to
mobile friendly sites such as YouTube, Facebook etc.
DON’T use QR codes that will ... (more)
Here is today’s top tech news.
It’s a happy day for all you Android hackers out there, AOKP has released
their first (official) code for Jelly Bean - while there have been
“nightlies” for a while, the first release is the best. If you have a
rooted Android device, head over to AOKP to check out what they have to offer
Glacier is here to make your data storage worries a thing of the past
Amazon announces “Glacier” - which they call a ‘secure, reliable and
extremely low cost storage solution.’ Amazon claims that this data service
will be excellent for rarely accessed data, and offer costs as low as 1
penny/GB/month. Via TechCrunch, more here. Verizon blocking vacations in
September for the iPhone 5 - this report, from Droid-Life, has VZW employees
reported that they are not allowed vacation in the second half of September
to get ready for the glut of customers... (more)
Mobile tagging is a process, a technology and a marketplace.
The process of mobile tagging involves creating a visual image in a very
specific format – called a tag – then deploying and displaying the tag
either online or offline. You see the tag and use your mobile phone camera to
snap it. When the tag is snapped you’re sorted as this triggers immediate
delivery of content to your phone.
The technology of mobile tagging includes various tag formats that are
recognized by a specific tag reader. The reader is an application installed
on the mobile that needs to be loaded to snap the tag. Most readers only
recognize one or a handful of tag formats. The reader’s job is to recognize
and resolve the tag – that is to read the tag and make the connection
between the tag and the information or content it is linked to via the
The marketplace of mobile tagging invo... (more)
There are 3 new technologies competing for attention on today’s mobile
phones: Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) and Mobile
Tagging (MT). This briefing aims to provide a short introduction to all
three, position them against each other and illustrate how all they can
Augmented Reality (AR)
AR uses the current view (front end) of the real world visible through your
phone camera to display online content (back end) linked to specific objects
located within the view. AR does this by using GPS co-ordinates to figure out
a ‘start position’ of where you are and your phone’s built-in
gyroscopic compass to orientate to specifically what you are looking at. The
combination of where you are and what your orientation is allows the AR
software to resolve to back end content that adds some perspective to what it
is you are looking at. AR ... (more)
Like any other technology niche, mobile tagging is fraught with smoke and
I had to laugh reading a recent press release for yet another QR Code
generation and management site attempting to charge for basic services that
are available for free from practically every other provider of QR Code tag
management (including Vizitag).
One of the services offered as part of a paid package is to "install" a QR
code on your web page or blog. Rather than use copy and paste like the rest
pay to have your QR Code installed for you...Give me a break!
What's more you can pay extra not to have a "Powered By XYZ" at the bottom of
your code image. Something the vendor is adding anyway and won't be there if
you just get your QR code from Google for free. Mad, quite mad. The cheeky
Congratulations! You made it to 2010. Welcome to the next decade in
technology innovation that will change the world!
I resisted putting together a list of predictions for the coming year, mainly
because like many people I tend to predict too much change in the near term,
and not enough over a decade.
That being said, there are certain areas of technology that will undergo
significant changes making them interesting to watch.
In my opinion, we are quickly approaching a technological inflection point
that will result in innovations that we could not have even imagined just 10
to 20 years ago. So here are my observations of 5 key trends to watch for
the coming decade.
The technological platform evolution from mainframe, to client/server, to the
Internet, cloud computing and web2.0 should continue shifting towards
ubiquitous platform convergence with a variety of devi... (more)
If you saw a person walk down the street with a small monitor over one of
their eyes, seemingly talking to themselves, would you think you had just
stepped into a Doctor Who plot where the Cybermen were taking over our minds
one by one? Where’s the Doctor when you need him?
Don’t worry, this isn’t a science fiction plot. The brilliant minds at
Google have been working on an augmented reality head-mounted display these
past few years so that such a sight could possibly become a
natural occurrence. Dubbed “Project Glass,” Google has intended to bring
us to the next level of hands free technology which incorporates all the
expectations of modern smartphone users, including voice commands, into a
single pair of eyeglasses.
Although the idea for a display like this has been discussed for a while,
this seems to be the first large scale project ready for roll-out. Its
If you've been following Cisco's Mobility story lately you've no doubt heard
the expression "The New Normal" used quite frequently. But what is the New
Normal? Simply put, the New Normal refers to how mobile technologies have, in
a very short time, changed the way we all live, work, play, and learn.
No one knows this better than Verizon Wireless. You could even make the
case that Verizon Wireless, as the worldwide leader in deploying 4G LTE, has
been largely responsible for this new mobile lifestyle.
But not content with simply providing ubiquitous access to the mobile
broadband network, Verizon Wireless is working to develop and deploy a
complete LTE ecosystem, from the application to the device to the network.
Toward this goal, Verizon Wireless has built a state-of-the-art complex in
Waltham, MA to encourage and showcase the types of advanced mobile devices
CTOvision, CTOlabs and the tech consultancy behind them Crucial Point LLC
are all run out of the Washington DC area. We seek global views of technology
but this region is definitely our base and we have a very high percentage
of readers in the local ecosystem. For those of you here, you know the
biggest tech story right now is not the latest software or hardware or tech
concept or even our favorite Big Data topic but something that has impacted
humanity from our very existence, the weather. The weather has had an
absolutely huge impact on our tech these last few days. Some views on its
impact were provided in Quick Lessons Learned From Massive Regional Power
Last month, we continued to bring you daily federal cybersecurity and
information technology news, also posted on FedCyber. One of the biggest
stories of this month was that Flame and Stuxnet were con... (more)
Popular print book now available as eBook through Amazon
The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps: A practical guide to affordable mobile
app development for your business draws from the vast experience of its
authors analyst and mobile authority Peggy Anne Salz and top-producing
marketing executive Jennifer Shambroom
The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps is the first-ever resource to offer
guidance from 25+ experts across the mobile ecosystem on how to make,
monetize and market mobile apps
The popular print book, sold at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, is now available
as an eBook through the Amazon online book store
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. AND COLOGNE, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2013 — To help
organizations and developers succeed in this new App Economy Peggy Anne Salz,
author, analyst and mobile authority, and Jennifer Shambroom, top-producing
marketing executive, hav... (more)