Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Dramatic Change to the Way We Live and Work

“The way we work and live will change quite dramatically,” is how Stuart Sikes characterizes the impact of connected and smart home. Speaking at CONNECTIONS™ 16, Sikes points out that things such as voice control are removing the friction of interacting with technology and associated products. As further evidence of how things like voice control makes it easier to use smart home features,

“Parks Associates’ research finds that 44% of U.S. broadband households have used voice more

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Smart Energy Opportunities In The Smart Home

“The analytics, just like the network and all the technology, should just fade away into the background,” says Tom Kerber, Director, Research Energy and Home Controls of Parks Associates. Kerber was speaking to the idea that customers want smart energy features to work in the background, providing comfort and efficiency without having to be in control.

From the article "Smart Energy Opportunities In The Smart Home" by

Friday, June 03, 2016

Smart Glass Technology – Bring People Together, Don’t Drive Them Apart

The voice interface, which was the talk of Parks Associates Connections Conference, may offer an alternative to the clumsiness of trying to manipulate virtual objects with one’s hands. At that conference it was suggested researchers are moving beyond basic voice recognition to understand context and emotion (e.g. you say, “I’m leaving in a hurried tone” and your voice assistant says, “Don’t forget your jacket, as it is going to be cold later tonight”).

From the article "Smar more

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

From Connected to Selfie

The maturation of technology, personalization and the rise of the “selfie” segment are three of the trends that Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates, observed at International CES 2014. One thread these trends have in common is the creation of lots of data, whether that data consists of pictures, telemetry, voice or video. And the many end-points represented by the myriad of devices seen at CES need connectivity; the so-called, Internet of Things. Sikes explains that stan more

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Personal Cloud Is About Functionality

“Today we are really looking more at the functional side of the personal cloud, rather than just the storage,” said Brett Sappington of Parks Associates. In this interview, filmed at CONNECTIONS , Sappington was referring to the idea that features beyond storage are driving customers to adopt the use of cloud for doing things that would have remained on a device in years past. Sappington talks about the customer’s view of privacy, the definition of data ownership and how applica more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stuart Sikes of Parks Talks of Content & More

Could the days of the set-top be numbered? Stuart Sikes suggests that was one of the insights from the Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES. As he points out, smart TV’s may soon eliminate the need for the set-top. He suggests that home monitoring and control and energy management have moved beyond standards and are moving towards commercialization.

From the article, "Stuart Sikes of Parks Talks of Content & More."

Monday, February 04, 2013

Disruption in the Smart Home

It’s just getting started, but there already many alternatives for the consumer to create a smart home experience. Tom Kerber of Parks Associates points out that many of the smart home developments shown at International CES are from upstart companies that have devices and don’t necessarily rely on the service revenue. An an example, he mentions a connected oven that includes a full audio and video system. He calls it a very exciting time, in terms of new product introduction. more

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beyond the DVR

Enabling a TV Cloud strategy, particularly when it comes to the User Interface for the TV and multiple screens, is what TiVo provides service providers. TiVo’s Evan Young briefly talks about the importance and challenges of presenting content in the right way to the right customer at the right time in this video interview.

Young’s comments provide an overview of TiVo’s service provider strategy, as exemplified by the 6/25 announcement with the Swedish telecommunications’ ope more

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