Friday, August 25, 2017

Consumer Healthcare: Growing Importance of Patient Education and Communications Solutions

As these solution providers emerge, care organizations also are remapping their patient communications strategies, and rethinking how they manage patient experiences in and out of clinical settings. Many care organizations recognize that a holistic approach is better and more effective than today's siloed approach, which is centered on patient diagnosis and point-of-care settings.

This recognition gives rise to what Parks Associates views as a second major trend: Care organi more

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Google May Have Pixel Chromebook Showcase, Tiny Home in the Works

Google's introduction of a "little brother" for its Home smart speaker is a much-expected move, said Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates.

"They need a low-cost entry point for consumers that aren't already in the space," he told TechNewsWorld.

One of the goals of these product lines is ubiquity in the home, Russell pointed out.

"The reason Amazon's Dot has been so successful is not just because it's cheap -- it's because you can afford to put one in more

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Apple May Be Prepping Siri for Smart Home Duty

Entry into the smart speaker market makes sense for a company with smart home aspirations.

"As the success of Echo and Google Home took off, everyone expected Apple to follow suit," said Brad Russell, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Battle lines are being drawn over who will have the dominant voice technology in the home.

"Consumers have really responded to voice control, and the Echo has accelerated that," Russell told TechNewsWorld.

"It's pretty much more

Friday, November 18, 2016

GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma Recall

Consumer interest in UAVs has been less than anticipated by the industry, and the Karma recall isn't going to improve that, observed Brad Russell, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Less than 5 percent of U.S. broadband households own a drone, and less than 4 percent said they were interested in owning one at the beginning of the year, he noted.

"Negative drone stories in the press and mechanical failures, such as GoPro's recent troubles, are likely stifling consu more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

GoPro Karma Lets New Hero5s Fly High

Introduction of a drone is a natural extension of GoPro's core wearable camera business, and bundling its new cameras with Karma is likely to benefit sales of both devices, noted Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates.

"However, the Karma does not have obstacle detection, which is likely to be considered a detriment," she told TechNewsWorld. "Major drone maker DJI's Phantom 4 does have obstacle detection, which is an important safety feature because drones c more

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender

Attracting developers to an Alloy ecosystem is important to Intel, said Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates.

"It will broaden the content available to the platform. Intel doesn't have its own content as Sony does," she told TechNewsWorld.

From the article "Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender" by John P. Mello Jr.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nothing Ghostly About Devialet's Phantom Gold Sound

Phantom Gold is a high-end product aimed at a high-end market that's been known for extremes, said Brad Russell, an audio analyst with Parks Associates.

"The high-end audiophile market has always been about extremes," he told TechNewsWorld. "It's about owning extreme technology even if it's not discernible to most of us. It's a $10,000 turntable sitting on a block of granite to minimize vibration that wouldn't make a difference to the vast majority of us."

From the artic more

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sony Unveils Slew of New PlayStation Titles

"A lot of enthusiasts are looking forward to the PS4 VR, so it should be a hit during the holiday season," noted Brett L. Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates.

Sony's VR offering also has the potential to bring some PC gamers back into the fold.

"The console market has started losing out to computer-based game play. Computer games are on the ascendance and console sales have been flagging," Sappington told TechNewsWorld.

"PC-based VR takes a real beef more

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