One thing about the Internet of Things is that there's a lot going on behind the scenes. To get a flavor of some of the behind-the-scenes IoT activities, I spent some time at two different conferences held in Boston this week, one dealing with robotics and the other with artificial intelligence.
The 2018 Robotics Summit and Showcase in Boston this week featured exhibits involving all things robotic, from the hardware that comprises various forms of working machinery to the AI and software that helps robots learn as they go.
Coca-Cola plans to take vending machines into the future with a unit featuring Bluetooth connectivity that will allow consumers to connect via mobile app and order a custom drink before they even get to the machine.
From coming pretty much out of nowhere not that long ago, smart speakers are flooding consumers' homes. Back in early 2016, only 3% of U.S. broadband households owned a smart speaker. Fast forward: today more than a quarter (27%) of homes now have one.
New cars can come with sensors that detect when the car drifts into another lane or cause the car to brake if a person or object unexpectedly crosses its path, or in-car connectivity allowing hands-free phone calls through the car's sound system.
Consumers are more comfortable using AI in healthcare situations than in situations related to retail or banking.
Yet another group of consumers is about to get a taste of augmented reality. This time, it will be people interested in the royal wedding who also have the ABC News iOS mobile app.
As brands and agencies attempt to get their arms around the various aspects of artificial intelligence, a high-powered group of industry executives spent the day yesterday defining what the road ahead may look like along with some navigation tips. Speakers and panelists at the MediaPost Marketing AI conference in New York touched on everything from voice agents to bots.
It's no secret that the number of smart homes is massively growing, especially with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices flooding the market. It turns out that smart speakers are not the only hot category of smart home products.
Uber wants to expand well beyond its car ride-hailing service. It's Uber Eats, which delivers local food from participating restaurants via Uber vehicles, is heading to the air.