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Friday, January 25, 2019

Two out of five U.S. homes want to swap the remote for their voice

So notes a recent report from Parks Associates, which found that 43 percent of all broadband households in the U.S. that use — or plan to use — a smart TV or streaming media player want to be able to control them by telling them what to do out loud, a feature they're looking for when they make their next purchase.

From the article "Two out of five U.S. homes want to swap the remote for their voice" by Li Cohen.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Three out of four consumers worry about internet hacking

Hacking concerns are high among consumers, particularly those who own connected devices. Worry that their computers could be hacked, and their broadband connections too, is high, said a new report from Parks Associates, "Consumer Fears in Connected Entertainment."

Three out of four households in the U.S. (75 percent) said they are worried about their computer being hacked, while 77 percent said they are "very concerned" about someone hacking into their online connection.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Summer vacation’s coming, is your home prepared to be left alone?

The majority of U.S. households with broadband connections believe a device that would notify them about smoke and fire alarms is "highly appealing," according to research firm Parks Associates, which is running its Connections conference this week in San Francisco, Calif. The event focuses on the connected, internet of things space.

From the article Summer vacation’s coming, is your home prepared to be left alone?" 

Friday, May 11, 2018

No. 1 reason we buy smart devices? They promise convenience

Smart locks and smart lights you control from your phone promise to make your life easier — and that's why most people buy them: to simplify their daily tasks. Nearly half of all consumers who purchase smart gadgets say it's for convenience, according to research group Parks Associates, who surveyed U.S. broadband households that also own smart devices.

From the article "No. 1 reason we buy smart devices? They promise convenience" by Lauren Barack.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

More than 10 million smart home devices will be sold in the U.S. by 2021

Most people buy smart blinds, lights and thermostats physical stores today, looking for a bit of handholding with their smart home purchase. But that could change over time as consumers expectations grow to make purchases from wherever they are, whenever they want, according to a new report from research firm Parks Associates.

Today, more than one quarter of people who own smart home devices in the U.S. bought their products at a physical store, such as Best Buy, Home Depot ...read more

Monday, November 07, 2016

Smart Home Goal: No Doorbell Left Behind

In a second-quarter 2016 survey of on-line households, research company Parks Associates found that 50 percent of smart-doorbell owners use the devices to see who's at the door when they're not home, and 48 percent use them to see who's at the door without letting the visitor know if they're home or not.

From the article "Smart Home Goal: No Doorbell Left Behind" by Joseph Palenchar.

Friday, April 08, 2016

HTC Vive: Admits To "Shipping Issues"

First IoT Purchase? Security Cameras. Internet-connected security cameras are likely the first smart home purchase consumers make. So says a report from Parks Associates which notes that 9 percent of households in the U.S. owned a connected security camera at the end of last year—with nearly half logging in to scope their home almost daily. The research firm believes that the cameras were the first smart home purchase for more than half of those buyers.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Energy At The Summit

“Smart Energy Summit gives context that is critical to understanding the Internet of Things and the convergence of energy management,” says Tom Kerber, Director of Research, Home Controls & Energy at Parks Associates which hosts the summit.

From the article "Energy At The Summit" by Chris Fruitrich.

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