Gartner names VR as tech trend to watch in Hype Cycle report


Virtual and augmented reality were among technologies listed by Gartner's Hype Cycle as trends set to be “of the highest priority” for businesses over the next few years.

According to the analysts, virtual reality is on the ‘slope of enlightenment’, ahead of the other emerging tech it identified as being poignant for organisations.

According to Gartner, its position means that: “more instances of how the tech can benefit the enterprise start to crystallise and become more widely understood. Second and third generation products appear from technology providers. More enterprises fund pilots; conservative companies remain cautious."

Gartner distilled insight from over 2,000 technologies for its Hype Cycle report, highlighting three key trends for businesses who want to be at the forefront of digital business innovation.

The three trends it identified firstly included transparently immersive experiences, which are classes as tech becoming “more human-centric to the point where it will include transparency between people, businesses and things,” Gartner said, and will become more adaptive and fluid between work and home. This category not only includes AR and VR, but also connected home and gesture control devices.

The other two trends Gartner noted were ‘smart machine tech’ which includes drones and virtual personal assistants and is set to be the most disruptive over the next decade, as well as a ‘platform revolution’ including IOT and blockchain.

The Hype Cycle report is the organisation’s longest running and provides a cross-industry perspective on the tech and trends everyone in business need to keep an eye out for.

It’s clear that virtual reality is leading the way here, which we’re quite excited about - but what about you? Do you think VR will have a real impact on business over the next decade? Comment to let us know. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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27 Feb 2017, 6:02 p.m.

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