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LBS, Consumer Tech Drive Future Enterprise IT, Says Gartner

Physical location and orientation data—such as that provided by GPS—will be one of several keys to information technology business growth in the next several years as IT becomes more and more consumer-centric, says market-research firm Gartner Inc.

It will be consumer-driven innovation that continues to move into the enterprise space, continuing the trend begun by the PC. Companies that can't adapt may find themselves struggling to keep up, the market researcher suggests.

Within five years, what Gartner terms "augmented reality" will be one of the consumer-driven innovations shaping the IT market. Augmented reality, used for many years in niche applications, such as industrial maintenance, provides an overlay of relevant digital information by automatically sensing the physical location and orientation of the user. Routine availability of location-based sensing and augmented reality will lead to new enterprise applications that are location- and context-sensitive, Gartner says.

"The flood of consumer-led technologies into the enterprise is not going to subside," Fenn continued. "To fully realize the benefits, IT must embrace these technologies as an ongoing strategy rather than on a case-by-case basis."

Augmented Reality—As discussed previously, location-based sensing and augmented reality that are just now developing in the consumer space will spread to enterprise applications such as location- and context-sensitive information, and alerts presented as a manager walks through a manufacturing plant.

These conclusions come from Gartner's report titled "The Next Round of Consumer Technologies Will Soon Hit the Enterprise."


At July 3, 2007 at 9:42 AM Anonymous said...

Match this with PicoP...awesome

At July 3, 2007 at 2:58 PM Jonathan Pugh said...

it seems as if there are a lot of oddly negative comments on this blog. They always are negative on the technology or on the company and are always given by "anonymous". Feels like maybe the competition feels threatened Ben...

At July 3, 2007 at 6:15 PM Kitty said...

I watched the youtube... That's more of an interface. It could be done with any miniature projector, including the PicoP.

However, it's not very practical seeing as you need that camera in the corner to track the position and orientation of the projector.

At July 3, 2007 at 6:25 PM Len said...

Hi kitty,
I just saw that video and it is awesome. I often wondered how a projection could be interactive like an lcd touch screen. It is coming fast this is big picoP will lead the way. Have a great 4th!

At July 5, 2007 at 5:32 AM Jaqueitch said...

I think GPS and some technology from Marvell could be integrated with PicoP to make something like this in a cellphone or a headset.

At July 6, 2007 at 9:18 AM Kitty said...

Um, sorry, no. GPS is accurate to five meters. Not really accurate enough.

At July 11, 2007 at 1:05 AM Anonymous said...

how close is microvision in signing a picop contract with a cell phone oem?


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