Connected CE and Platforms

Parks Associates has partnered with AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, to present the inaugural Integrated Life Program at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas. The Integrated Life program, held June 5 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., is a one-day thought-leadership event focused on the crossover opportunities between the commercial and residential audiovisual markets. The Integrated Life sessions, moderated by the Parks Associates analyst team , will feature...
The next major evolution in computing is here – voice technology dominates CES. Voice assistants are here to stay. At the beginning of 2017, half of U.S. broadband households were using a personal assistant through an application or dedicated device. Market leaders such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and more recently Samsung continue to announce new product enhancements and expanded roadmaps. The competition among these giants was evident at CES with a plethora of...

Enterprise drone investment is expected to outpace both civilian and military drone investment  growth  over the next five years. Businesses and civilian governments are experimenting with new and unique ways to leverage autonomous aircraft. As wildfires blaze across Southern California, the Los Angeles Fire Department used a drone to conduct damage assessments and find hotspots in the Skirball Fire. Miners in Nevada are using drones to survey and inspect mining sites. In...
 
by | Dec. 14, 2017
Tags: Amazon, connected CE, drones, Internet of Things
There's been a lot of hype around Microsoft's new Mixed Reality platform, set to debut mid-October. It's built on HoloLens technology, the futuristic augmented reality headset that Microsoft first showed off in 2015. Top PC makers - such as Lenovo, HP, Acer, Dell, and Samsung - have all announced they would be shipping headsets. But what can we expect from it - success, or failure? Why the Windows Mixed Reality platform will be a success 1.)  The price is right....
 
by Kristen Hanich | Oct. 6, 2017
Tags: Microsoft, virtual reality

At 10-11% adoption of smart speakers among U.S. broadband households, it’s still early days for the voice-first market. CEDIA 2017 illustrated the growing market for voice-first devices with a growing product category from companies such as Harmon Kardon, Amazon, and Josh.ai. Last week, Parks Associates hosted a panel at CEDIA called Voice Controls: Next-Gen User Interfaces with the following panelists:  Alex Capecelatro, CEO and Co-founder of Josh.ai...
Every year, Amazon hosts Prime Day, a one-day event of deals exclusive to Amazon Prime members. On Monday, July 10, Amazon decided to open the floodgates early at 9 pm E.T., extending the typically 24-hour event (held on July 11) to 30 hours. The star of the event this year? The Amazon Echo. Retailed at $180, Amazon Prime promoted the device at $89.99, a whopping 50% off. Other Echo devices were also priced lower—the Dot at $34.99, a 15% cut from $49.99, the Echo Tap at $79.99, a...
 
by Dina Abdelrazik | Jul. 12, 2017
Tags: Amazon, Apple, audio, voice control

Today is Amazon’s Prime Day (7/11). In the past week, noteworthy discounts on Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices has been top tech news. As of Q2/2017, Amazon’s smart speakers with the Alexa personal assistant have led smart speaker market with highest consumer adoptions (according to data from Parks Associates). During its WWDC17 keynote, Apple announced its participation in the playground with Apple HomePod, which will be ready to ship in December 2017, suggesting a coming change in...
 
by Tu Skuse | Jul. 10, 2017
Tags: Amazon, smart home, voice control
Consumers have been relatively quick to embrace voice-based applications, beginning and led by Apple’s Siri. Parks Associates research notes that at the end of 2016, 45% of U.S. smartphone owners reported using a voice-enabled personal assistant through an app or dedicated device. As devices continue to add listening capabilities, voice control will extend throughout the home and in other connected devices as an intrinsic, easy, and natural way to facilitate smart home...


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