In the 1980's NASA developed an assessment tool for grading technologies and their readiness for application or market which they appropriately enough named, Technology Readiness Level (TRL). See the reference on this method here.
At Big Data Lens we have pulled this technique into the modern Big Data era and embedded it into our core semantic processing platform. There we use it to hunt down and score new technologies and products for a customers desired uses.
In the old days the technology in question would go through an exhaustive technical review in labs, in the field and finally into composite reports. Now we turn the entire internet on, grabbing and measuring patents, news reports, social media and a ton more stuff to arrive at a TRL level automatically. This means scale. So if you don't know who is making what and how advanced or applicable it is you can use the internet as a database to find out.