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Derek Okada , Senior Manager, Policy & Planning, Southern California Edison (SCE), provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? Customer adoption of energy management technologies...
David Meyers , CCO, Grid4C, provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What are the major barriers impacting consumer adoption of energy related products and services? Most energy products and services don’t make enough of an impact on consumers’ lives to capture their attention. Rehashing...
Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development at Sonnen, Inc., provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? Managing and maintaining the growth. We are entering an established...
Rob Munin , President and CEO, LUX Products, provided insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’  eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer , which will be held February 20-22 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas: What do you think is the most challenging issue for your company as it relates to the residential energy management market? The biggest impact that smart thermostats offer consumers is their ability to put home comfort...
Major appliances have always offered convenience, reduction of labor, and better results over formerly manual tasks, such as washing clothes in the river or cooking over an open fire. International research firm Parks Associates will join Appliance Design to host the webinar “ Advancing Ease of Use through Sensors and Appliance Automation ,” which will examine how today’s smart appliances are leveraging innovative sensor technologies to evaluate appliance task status,...
The personal assistant device market took off in 2016. Google Home joined Amazon Echo in time for the holiday sales season, and Amazon sold out of its Echo and Tap models in the run-up to Christmas. We expect this market to grow substantially in 2017, with increasing consumer adoption rates and new market entrants. With its announcement at CES  of Hub, a smart robotic personal assistant speaker, LG is the next to enter this space.   To compete with Amazon Echo and...
Bob Marshall , CEO, Whisker Labs, provides insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’ 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit conference , which will be held January 5 at CES 2017 in Las Vegas: What is the most important next step to engage consumers in smart home solutions, connected entertainment services, and/or value-added services like tech support and connected health? While nearly half of the U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a smart home...
With news that Amazon is officially sold out (online) of Echo and Tap products until after the holidays, it looks like the smart speaker with personal assistant technology category has found its legs. Parks Associates forecasts 6 million U.S. sales for the category in 2016, which would double U.S. sales from 2015. Several trends are driving the smart speaker/personal assistant device market. First, consumer familiarity and use with personal assistant software are one the rise,...

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