The point of an emerging tech is that it needs to, at some point, hit the next plateau. The emphasis on when is less of a timeframe and more of a destination. Glancing at the significant trends (read emerging tech) from the past few Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas, a few of the technologies have graduated, and a few are still waiting to grow.
Augmented reality is one of those ready to move to the next step.
The trend has been underscored by the popularity of virtual reality, something that is often grouped alongside AR despite the pretty stark contrasts. For starters, VR is very reliant on powerful computers as it is forming an entire ecosystem around content. AR, on the other hand, can be quickly overlaid and used against surfaces to create three-dimensional content.