Monday, November 05, 2018

Can We Outsmart Technology In The Race To Smarter Homes?

Right now, consumer use is all over the map. Homeowners lose interest in some technologies in a matter of months, and with others, like speakers and Google Home, usage doesn’t pick up until after the homeowner has had it installed for six months, according to Brad Russell, research director of connected home at Parks Associates, a market research company focused on emerging consumer technology. And, at the same time that many technologies have super short life spans, it can take more

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The Internet of Medical Things Gold Rush (And My Grandfather's Wooden Leg)

Equally important is the demand side of the equation, symbolized by an aging population with high rates of chronic disease. According to Parks Associates, nearly half of U.S. households with broadband own some sort of connected health device. Partners HealthCare vice president Joseph Kvedar cautioned that there won’t be enough doctors and nurses for that elderly population without embracing appropriate use of technology.

From the article "The Internet of Medical Things Gold more

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Streaming Services Are Vying For Dominance In India As Cord Cutting Finally Takes Off

In last few years, the conversation around cutting the cord has gained considerable traction in the U.S. Cord-cutting refers to the pattern of viewers canceling their DTH (direct-to-home) or cable TV subscriptions in favor of online streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, et al.

Parks Associates estimated that in 2008, about 0.9 million American households relied entirely on the Internet for television viewing, however, by 2017, this figure had increased t more

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How OTT Will Innovate In 2018

With many media and content companies jumping on the streaming TV bandwagon, the marketplace is becoming increasingly fragmented, and it’s creating even more competition for high-quality content to keep viewers hooked: Already there are over 200 OTT services in the U.S. market, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "How OTT Will Innovate In 2018" by Jim Wilson.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up

A whopping 117 million Americans are expected to need assistance with caregiving, according The Caregiving Innovation Frontiers by AARP and Parks Associates. It’s a $42.9 billion market. Yet, perhaps because women are the primary purchasers of these services, venture capitalists are ignoring this market opportunity.

From the article "Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up" by Geri Stengel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku To Wall Street: Not Just An Unprofitable Hardware Business

Roku is also up against tremendously deep-pocketed rivals: Apple, Amazon and Google. Both Apple and Amazon released new streaming media devices in September. “We’re fortunate to be the only player with a purpose-built operating system for TV. Our competitors port over phone operating systems,” Louden countered. Roku's operating system is lightweight enough that the company could maintain lower costs on its hardware, according to Louden. Roku currently holds the highest market sh more

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor, And That's A Problem If It Wants To Break Into TV

Apple’s final miss on the cool front has been in the streaming device market, where three recent studies, from Parks Associates, ComScore and eMarketer have Apple TV trailing significantly behind Roku, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV in terms of market share.

Here again, Apple came into a market where the early competition (Roku) was not only fairly well-designed but had an avid fan base as well. And the product Apple introduced just wasn’t all that. In this case, it was wel more

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Better At Listening, Voice Recognition Will Reshape Your Relationship With Technology

The ability to understand and process language has improved so much that Xuedong Huang, the chief speech scientist at Microsoft, said his company’s system has reached parity with human transcriptionists.

Voice systems have become more accurate because the artificial intelligence behind them has improved, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates, a Dallas research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology.

From the arti more

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