For the past couple years, media tablets have been among the most talked-about technologies on the market. But, according to a recent report from Gartner, enthusiasm for tablets is only in its early stages.

In its 2011 Hype Cycle Special Report, the research firm identified tablets as one technology poised to hit the mainstream in the next two to five years.

This may come as a surprise to some. Given the amount of hype surrounding the tablets, it's easy to assume that nearly everyone and his dog already owns a tablet. But if Gartner's predictions turn out to be true, the next few years will see a staggering rise in media tablet activity.

In addition to tablets, Gartner identified quick response codes, mobile application stores and cloud computing among the technologies poised to make some significant noise in the near future. Further down the road, such technologies as mobile robots, computer-brain interface and quantum computing will become mainstream.

The current enthusiasm surrounding media tablets is obvious, given to soaring sales figures of the devices. According to research firm Forrester, tablet sales are expected to more than double this year over 2010, reaching 24.1 million.