Definitions for "emerging technology"
an innovative technology that currently is undergoing bench-scale testing
an innovative technology that is currently undergoing bench-scale testing in which a small version of the technology is tested in a laboratory
A new, potentially promising technology, perhaps demonstrated in the lab but not developed sufficiently to identify all its uses and benefits. Investments in emerging technologies tend to be undertaken to obtain good early positioning in a technology that could quickly gain dominance, rather than for short-term return on investment. An emerging technology may feature in a product technology roadmap or an emerging technology roadmap.
a market where we have identified an opportunity, but where it is too early to determine long-term customer response and industry reception