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Monday, July 06, 2015

1 In 4 Own A Connected Health Device

Of broadband equipped households across America, one quarter report owning a connected health device.

A recent Parks Associates report found one quarter of Americans living in broadband households report owning connected health devices as well. According to the report, among these broadband equipped households, 29 percent own connected health devices and 12 percent own more than one.

“The adoption rate for fitness trackers and GPS watches has increased, while the adoption rate for ...read more

Sunday, July 05, 2015

What Do Cable Customers Want More Than Anything Else?

Beyond anything else cable subscribers want unlimited DVR storage space. In a survey of U.S. broadband homes, about 51% of those polled told Parks Associates they were "very interested" in that feature.

To offer unlimited DVR service, providers would almost certainly have to turn to the cloud. That's something Comcast has been testing with its X1 DVR with Cloud Technology platform (though the storage capacity is limited). A number of other providers also have cloud DVRs in some ...read more

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Parks: 40 percent US broadband households want smartphone-based medical alerts

More than 40 percent of US broadband households are interested in receiving medical alerts via a smartphone or another connected platform, according to a report from Parks Associates.

The report, called Smart Home Platforms for Health, assesses the potential for smart home platforms to support connected health offerings.

“About 10 percent of US broadband households have some type of smart home product, service, or both, and by 2019 the number of U.S. homes with a smart home ...read more

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Combining health care with connected home tech could boost both industries, Parks says

The recent Supreme Court ruling that ensured continues implementation of the Affordable Care Act also lifts a potential barrier to investment in healthcare technologies by insurers and healthcare providers. That could mean a melding of new health technologies with smart home tech, a Parks Associates report posits.

"About 10% of U.S. broadband households have some type of smart home product, service, or both, and by 2019 the number of U.S. homes with a smart home controller will ...read more

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Parks Associates Issues New Industry Research on Connected Home, OTT, Robotics, Digital Health, and Wearables

New research reports from Parks Associates covering OTT services, home robotics, smart watches, and connected health provide in?depth analysis of industry trends and consumer research, forecasts, business model strategies and opportunities, and key recommendations for players within these key connected home topics.

In its release, Parks Associates said the research finds that the average U.S. broadband household owns approximately seven connected devices and ...read more

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Icontrol Adds Analytics for Smarter Homes

Some analysts have suggested that the smart home market is slowing down, and/or that it is due for a shake-out as consumers struggle to realize the value of some new connected devices. (See Analysts Predict Smart Home Slow Down.)

However, industry watchers also conclude that services that take advantage of multiple connected devices are helping to bridge the gap between early adoption and mainstream smart home deployments. Parks Associates, for example, notes that major service providers ...read more

Monday, June 29, 2015

How Digital Living Network Alliance can make Life Easier

DLNA is based on the Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP). UPnP is used by DLNA both to discover other devices and to communicate between them.5 As of February 2014, there were in excess of 9,000 distinct products on the market that had been DLNA certified. Parks Associates indicated that there were nearly 3 billion DLNA products on the market in 2014 and projected over 7 billion by 2018. DLNA certified devices are broken down into three broad categories, home network devices, ...read more

Monday, June 29, 2015

Smart homes require devices to be compatible

But there’s one big hitch. For any of these scenarios to work, you’ll have to have devices that can talk to each other. Many will be able to perform these functions only if you have compatible equipment in your house. If you buy one smart home device, you might find that your choices for other gadgets could be circumscribed if you want them to all work together.

“When they buy their first smart product, (consumers) have the expectation that it will work with other smart products ...read more

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