Tech’s Big Promises

Companies are betting on blockbuster gadgets

The hype machine is already set to 11 for some of this year’s biggest new products. According to research firm Gartner, these products are generally in the “peak of inflated expectations” phase–in other words, the promises they’re making are appealing. But in each case–Tesla’s electric SUV, Google’s computing specs and Coin’s digital credit card–there are some catches. Tesla vehicles are eco-friendly but pricey, for instance. Google Glass has already sparked a wave of privacy concerns. And Coin will face security issues. Here’s a look at tech’s boldest bets this year.

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