Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Shopping By Voice Set To Explode

Voice shopping may also be hitting the road, as 57 percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in voice control features for their car, a new Parks Associates study shows.

The biggest beneficiary in this next wave of retail disruption will likely be Amazon, which has a head start in the voice segment through its popular Echo line of smart speakers and Alexa AI engine. OC&C pegs Echo’s current penetration at 10 percent of U.S. homes, followed by Google Home at 4 perce more

Friday, February 23, 2018

The One Tech Device Consumers Can’t Live Without

“Consumer concerns about data privacy and security, including both the unauthorized hacking of devices and theft of device data, consistently rank as one of the leading concerns about connecting devices to the Internet,” noted Brad Russell, connected home research director for Parks Associates. “Companies are working to adopt best practices for IoT data security and management to allay concerns and deliver peace of mind, including more stringent efforts to secure the home networ more

Monday, October 09, 2017

The State Of The Smart Home: Voice Control

Fifty-five percent of U.S. broadband households find it appealing to use voice control to control or understand the status of connected devices, according to recent research from Parks Associates.

“The act of ‘waking up’ a personal assistant by simply calling its name is a natural and intrinsic way of interacting with devices and has facilitated a robust user experience,” said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates. “The strong consumer response to voice control more

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Than Half Of U.S. Households Subscribe To An OTT TV Streaming Service

Parks Associates revealed today that 59 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.

The firm's OTT Video Market Tracker service notes that only 6 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to any other OTT service without also having a subscription to one of the top three services, while 3 percent subscribe to one or more sports OTT video service, including MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, NBA League Pa more

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Smart Speakers Are Driving Smart-Home Growth

Welcoming attendees to its 21st annual Connections: The Premier Connected Home Conference, which begins today in San Francisco, Parks is forecasting U.S. consumers will buy more than 2.3 billion connected devices between 2015 and 2020, and those consumers "are showing strong preferences for voice as the interface for their devices. Companies in the smart-home, entertainment and connected-car ecosystems are pursuing partnerships that can add voice control to a variety of solution more

Monday, May 08, 2017

Amazon Echo Controls 71% Of Smart-Speaker Biz: Report

A trio of new reports confirms what we kinda already know: that voice control is the happening new user interface, and that smart wireless speakers from Amazon are the dominant domicile for virtual digital assistants.

According to new numbers from market research consultancy Parks Associates, the category, led by Amazon’s Echo, Dot and Tap, has already penetrated upward of 11 percent of U.S. broadband households, while projections call for annual sales in excess of 50 millio more

Monday, May 01, 2017

The Home Appliance Renaissance

Finally, another contributing factor to the in-home renaissance is the growth of smart-home adoption. According to Parks Associates, 19 percent of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart major appliance in the next 12 months.

On that front, as the appliance industry continues its push into smart home, vendors are increasingly looking to the voice-control ecosystems of Amazon and Google to help extend their beachheads. High-end brands such as Jenn-Air are linking contro more

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Going Deep: Can 360 Imaging Take Off?

At this pace, the total 360/VR camera category will be a “niche within a niche” of the larger action camera market, Gill predicted. Greater adoption is currently inhibited by the cost and hassle of purchasing additional hardware such as memory and storage, Gill said, plus the accessories and software needed to view and edit spherical content.

Consumer familiarity with virtual reality in general is also fairly low. In a recent survey, the research firm Parks Associates found more

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