Blog articles from 02/2018

There was no shortage of key entertainment announcements and takeaways from CES 2018 last month in Las Vegas. Here are the top trends from the event impacting the connected entertainment landscape: Voice control continues to be the hot feature garnering consumer and industry attention. Pay-TV providers are considering their options (or, like Comcast, are already deploying voice controls), and manufacturers of set-top boxes, streaming devices, smart speakers, and remote controls...
Research from Parks Associates finds consumer familiarity with energy programs has not grown significantly in the last five years. However, incremental smart home adoption is building the installed base of smart energy devices that can participate. The research firm also finds that innovations in smart home technology—voice interfaces, machine learning, and real-time data analytics—can be leveraged to drive consumer interest and engagement with energy management solutions....
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 9, 2018
Tags: energy, Smart Energy Summit

The desire to create net-zero energy homes has persisted for decades, and now it is becoming financially viable to build these homes. Yet, while some of the components needed to build a net-zero home are cost competitive, other components are not. At the ninth-annual Smart Energy Summit , Parks Associates and a panel of industry leaders will examine the competitive landscape for energy efficiency and the implications for home energy management as builders move on the path to...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 8, 2018
Tags: energy, Smart Energy Summit
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...

Guest post by   Thomas Rockmann, VP Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom   It is a fact that the global population is increasing, and the overall age weighting is changing. The world population is expected to hit 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. In parallel, the global populace is gradually aging, and nowhere more than in Western Europe. One in three UK babies born in 2013 is expected to reach 100 in the UK alone , and the elderly...
The smart home today is not really all that smart. It is obedient and does what it is told to do, but has limited capability of making decisions on its own. Decision making requires first, an understanding of the situation, and then a method to make a decision based on the situation. The smart home industry must focus on understanding what is happening in and around the home, and the first step in understanding that context is gathering data. The sensors embedded in...

Approximately one-half of smart home device owners experience problems when setting up their devices, according to Parks Associates research. Consumers continue to rely on operators for the majority of home networking solutions and expect simplified user experiences across multiple interfaces from setup to daily operation. By addressing support issues, service providers can become the drivers of the connected home market. In the infographic below, Parks Associates highlights...

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