Connected CE and Platforms

Apple kicked off the company’s Apple Event day with the introduction of the new Series 4 Apple Watch. As anticipated from leaked photos, the new version maintains the same exterior dimensions as the Series 3 but has 30% larger screens. It has louder speakers, a faster dual-core processor, and greater interaction with the Siri digital assistant – all very useful and largely anticipated upgrades.   More significant are new functions that turn...
 
by Craig Leslie | Sep. 20, 2018
Tags: Apple, connected CE, smart watch
One of the most exciting announcements during the Apple Event today centered around the introduction of eSIM technology into the new iPhone XS and XS Max. eSIMs act as a replacement for a traditional physical SIM card - they save internal space, improve water resistance, and allow users to configure their phone's network connection without having to request, wait for, and then physically insert a SIM card. In 2016 and 2017, eSIMS began gaining traction in the consumer market with...
 
by Kristen Hanich | Sep. 12, 2018
Tags: Apple, connected CE, mobile, operator

Roku recently announced its new Roku TV Wireless Speakers. The speakers come as a stereo pair, are about 6-inches tall, and will only work with Roku TVs such as those made by TCL and Sharp. According to Roku, these speakers stream audio directly from the Roku TV, from either a streaming channel or via HDMI, without the lag commonly encountered with wireless speaker solutions. The speakers come bundled with the Roku Touch, a tabletop voice remote capable of controlling both Roku TVs and...
 
by Parks Associates | Jul. 19, 2018
Tags: none
OTT video is firmly established in the U.S. entertainment marketplace— more than two-thirds of U.S. broadband households have an OTT service —and the popularity of this service translates into hardware sales and usage. At first, connected gaming consoles were a leading connected entertainment platform, but as the market evolved, the race for to capture consumers’ video viewing is now between two device categories: smart TVs and streaming media players (SMPs). Many industry...
 
by Kristen Hanich | May. 31, 2018
Tags: Amazon, online video, OTT, smart TV, streaming

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


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