The “Hype Cycle.” Source Gartner

Here at GeekWire we spend a lot of time covering cool innovations, but even we get tired of the hype that sometimes builds up around certain technologies.

Stop me before I say the words “hybrid cloud computing” or “gamification.”

Now, thanks to Gartner, we can see what technologies are nearing the apex of the hype cycle. As the chart above shows, the Internet of Things, Wearable User Interfaces and Cryptocurrencies are now near the “peak of inflated expectations.”

“The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is the broadest aggregate Gartner Hype Cycle, featuring technologies that are the focus of attention because of particularly high levels of hype, or those that Gartner believes have the potential for significant impact,” said Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Enterprises should use this Hype Cycle to identify which technologies are emerging and use the concept of digital business transformation to identify which business trends may result.”

See this Gartner post for more on the underlying trends.

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  • http://www.puzzazz.com/ Roy Leban

    The chart has a major omission. There is a second line that continues the downward slope toward the trough of disillusionment, straight into the ground. We could place bets on which of those technologies and pseudo-technologies (buzzwords that don’t really represent actual technology) are going to end up on that alternate path, but I guarantee you some will.

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