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Parks Associates' 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. The event provides a day of pre-show research workshops highlighting Parks Associates’ consumer data and analysis and two days of conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, forecasts for new products and services, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations about technology...
Research from Parks Associates shows that while familiarity with smart home products is still low, there is more and more interest from consumers to integrate connected products in the home. 5% of U.S. broadband households own a smart plug/adapter module. U.S. broadband households with smart light bulbs own 2.4 of these products on average. 92% of U.S. car owners perform an activity that requires a mobile or Internet connection while driving. 19% of U.S....
Last Thursday, Google provided an unsolicited ad to Google Home users, testing, for the first time, its ability to run ads on its smart speaker. Google Home users reported asking their device about their schedule and along with the weather, news updates, and traffic, the speaker played a 17-second promotion of the new movie Beauty and the Beast. Users immediately took notice of the sly ad insertion taking to social media to relay their frustrations,...
Smart kitchens represent the next wave of the smart home evolution. For the past two years, large appliance manufacturers, including GE Appliances, Samsung, LG, and Whirlpool have used the consumer electronics show to showcase elaborate plans for residential kitchens. If these innovations live up to the hype, our future kitchens will study our patterns of behavior as well as our preferences and perform many kitchen-based activities on our behalf. Rollout of first-generation smart...
Mauro Dresti , Senior Manager, Demonstrations & Pilots: Product Development & Division Management, Southern California Edison, provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? The...
Matt Owens, Director of Business Development at Stem, Inc., provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? Rates do not reflect utility costs and therefore do not encourage the right...
Derek Okada , Senior Manager, Policy & Planning, Southern California Edison (SCE), provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? Customer adoption of energy management technologies...
David Meyers , CCO, Grid4C, provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What are the major barriers impacting consumer adoption of energy related products and services? Most energy products and services don’t make enough of an impact on consumers’ lives to capture their attention. Rehashing...

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