• Apple Watch Takes The Lead In Smart Wearables
    In the world of wearable bands, Apple is back on top. Thanks to the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, shipments of Apple devices topped all others in the last quarter, based on a new report. The last quarter was the strongest of the year so far for Apple, which shipped 3.9 million units, according to Canalys.
  • Early IoT Adopters Excited But Cautious
    Early adopters of IoT technology can be both demanding and forgiving around smart home technologies. Those consumers are eager and able to figure out customized solutions and are empowered to make those things work for them, according to a new study. The study comprised interviews of 100 adults who are early adopters and prospects of IoT technologies, conducted by Magid for the trade group CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing).
  • Marriott, Samsung, Legrand Team To Create IoT Hotel Room Of The Future
    The hotel room of the future is in the works. Marriott has teamed with Samsung and Legrand to create the next generation smart hotel room. The idea is to leverage mobile and voice technologies to personalize a hotel stay. At Marriott's IoT Guestroom Lab, a person could ask a virtual assistant for a wakeup call at a certain time, use a full-length mirror for a yoga routine, start a shower at the desired temperature pre-stored in a customer's profile and request various housekeeping services, all via voice, according to Marriott.
  • FDA Approves Pill That Can Be Tracked After Taken
    The networked pill is here. The FDA just approved the first U.S. drug with a digital ingestion tracking system. The digital pill, called Abilify MyCite, has a sensor inside that records that the medication was taken.
  • 51% Investing In AI, 55% See No Tangible Results
    Now that various forms of artificial intelligence are getting a workout in real-life markets, data is emerging highlighting some of the ups and downs. Early adopters of AI report strong opportunities, according to one view, while another study points to the need for changes in current processes. The majority (76%) of executives in 'cognitive aware' companies expect AI to transform their organization while most (69%) anticipate minimal or no job losses.
  • The Bumpy Road Ahead For AI In Sales, Customer Service
    More companies are expected to deploy various forms of artificial intelligence next year and it looks like many customers aren't going to be all that happy about it. As companies optimize their customer service approaches, chatbots will increasingly become alternatives to email. And as they look to reduce costs and headcount in contact centers, more businesses will push customers to digital and chatbots, according to a new 2018 AI forecast by Forrester. The bad news is that the transition to AI will be somewhat bumpy, which will have a negative impact of customer satisfaction, according to the Forrester forecast.
  • Smart Speakers Coming To 70 Million U.S. Households
    The growth of digital voice assistants is going to be explosive and now a mass of new advertising is projected to follow those devices. Smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home will be installed in more than 70 million U.S. households within five years, according to a new forecast. The majority (55%) of homes will have at least one device installed by then, based on the forecast by Juniper Research.
  • 55% Of Consumers See IoT, AI As Risks To Privacy
    New connected technologies are continuing to cause serious concerns around privacy and security. The two are really separate issues, as we continually document here. For example, consumers have varying degrees of trust, based on who is providing the service, as I wrote about here earlier this week.
  • Cybersecurity Study: 3% Of Consumers See Marketing, Advertising As 'Trustworthy'
    Consumers are concerned about someone accessing their personal information so much so that they will take their business elsewhere if they don't think a company is properly handling their data. The bad news for marketers is that on the types of businesses that consumers trust the most, marketing and advertising is dead last, according to a new study. The study comprised a survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by conducted by PwC and BAV Group.
  • Holiday Shoppers Vs. Chatbots, Virtual Reality, Robots And Drones
    Despite all the technological advancements, many consumers may not yet be ready to embrace shopping innovations and may need further education about some of their benefits. When faced with the prospects of chatbots, virtual reality and robots, many people are not totally on board. For example, the majority (68%) of consumers have never used a retail chatbot and almost a quarter (23%) don't even know what chatbots are, according to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers conducted by IFTTT (If This Then That).
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