image, from linked article, by Lorika13, Creative Commons: image is from the TV show " The Jetsons " Gartner, a research company, has released its latest " Hype Cycle Report ," which tries to predict when new technologies will be available for all of us to use. [by John Moe, Marketplace Tech Report , August 20, 2012--podcast available at link]. When I was a kid, the cartoon show pictured above, The Jetsons , gave us a fictional glimpse of what life would be like now. It had several things right (video phones, eReaders, robots), but food preparation, jet-packs, and personal vehicles haven't caught up yet. Each year, Gartner prepares several Hype Cycle Reports, in different technological areas. Here are some of the predictions, according to Hung LeHong, a spokesperson for Gartner, and one of the authors of the Reports: smartphone payments will be mainstream 2-3 years from now 3-D printing--about 5 years from now total mapping of parking meters, with analytics on the internet--giving us data about open meters and best times to park--10 years from now Jetsons-style jet-packs: not in the foreseeable future I didn't purchase any of the reports from the site, so I didn't get to see the details about variance kinds of voice recognition and speech-to-speech translations, but it looks as though Gartner has some predictions in that area. Meanwhile, if I could just remember the sequence of buttons to push on these remotes so that I could watch something on Netflix... Follow up: What new inventions or technologies do you want to see become a reality? What technology that is in your life right now do you find annoying? Why?