If Gartner analysts are right about the near field communications “hype cycle,” we should soon see some public “disillusionment” expressed about near term prospects for NFC. The reason is that Gartner now sees NFC at the “top” of its hype cycle, the point at which overly-optimistic projections face the reality of an extended period of development, before something “useful” actually emerges.
Internet TV, NFC payment and private cloud computing all are at what Garner calls the “Peak of Inflated Expectations,” which is always followed by a period where the hype is viewed as outrunning the actual market. That suggests NFC soon will enter a phase where expectations are more measured.
In fact, Gartner now expects it will take five to 10 years before NFC is in widespread and mainstream use. Gartner’s latest expectation likewise is that cloud computing and machine-to-machine applications will not be mainstream for another five to 10 years as well.