It is extremely difficult to predict which technologies will become part of everyday life in the future.
Some of the best known innovations, like the net, have swiftly become part of the furniture for millions, even though many said it would only benefit academic research and governments.
Similarly, few predicted text messaging would take off the way it has, with millions of thumbs across the globe twitching away every day.
Sometimes, according to Gartner technology analysts, a gadget, gizmo [iPod] or technology just needs one good idea – a trigger – to catapult it into something that even dads have heard of.
But other times a whizzy idea sinks into oblivion, only to be reborn when the other factors come into play.