The Internet of Things is reaching retail, with most uses focused on customer engagement. Retailers using IoT technology also are finding that customer experiences are being improved because of it, based on a new study. The Internet of Things report by Hewlett Packard comprised a survey of 3,100 business and technology professionals from 20 countries.
It looks like this will be a big year for virtual reality headsets. Consumers also are moving up to better headsets, with those types of units increasing significantly from last year while sales of light mobile headsets drop, according to a new report, The Virtual Consumer, from SuperData Research. This year, 21 million premium VR headsets will ship, more than triple the number from last year.
Homes are getting connected through a host of smart devices but that doesn't mean they're secure. Even worse, most consumers are concerned about the security of data from their connected devices but are unsure of what to do about it, based on a new global study. The biggest concern consumers have related to personal financial information being stolen.
The latest targets of Internet of Things connectivity are mice. The Rodent Activated Detection And Riddance (RADAR) mousetrap has just been introduced by Rentokil in the U.K. Each RADAR mousetrap has an entrance at each end, allowing mice to get in from either direction, according to the company's marketing materials.
For the Internet of Things to move forward significantly, more connected devices need to be able to work together. While this may seem obvious, it's not necessarily so easy to do. A group pushing IoT standards has just released the findings of a survey it conducted at CES and found that, at least among this group, most people say it's very important that their devices work together more seamlessly.
The Internet of Things is having an impact on overall business and driving innovation leading to new insights. Those are among the findings of a new worldwide study attempting to benchmark IoT progress in business. The study, funded by IBM and ARM, comprised a survey of 825 business leaders, 400 of whom were C-level executives representing 10 industries around the world. Those surveyed were split evenly between companies with revenue of more than $500 million and small to mid-sized businesses.
While innovation around the Internet of Things steamrolls ahead, there's another side to the technological advancements. This has to do with the technology always working. At a conference focused on the future of transportation I attended in Boston last week, various presenters showed their wares, ranging from power-assisted bicycles to storage containers that automatically follow a person.
When connected things are sold, they don't necessarily know they were sold. The connectivity, or link to the former owner, may continue to reside with the seller, whether they realize it or not. This issue was highlighted at the RSA computer security conference last week when Charles Henderson, global head of X-Force Red at IBM, told attendees that security issues often are passed over regarding second ownership of a connected product.
The Internet of Things comprises billions of sensors around the world and many of those sensors will ultimately lead to transactions. As many of those transactions will involve payments, IBM and Visa are now teaming so that those payments can be made through any IoT device. IBM's Watson, of Jeopardy fame, already allows businesses to connect to billions of connected devices, sensors and systems globally, from which Watson gains insights.
Millennials may be prime targets for the marketing of many products, but those relating to the Internet of Things may not be among them. It turns out that millennials, those 18 to 29 years old, are the least likely demographic to own certain IoT products. This according to a survey of 2,700 consumers conducted by the Association of Energy Service Professionals.