Much has been written about various behaviors and patterns of millennials. One of their characteristics, however, is not necessarily that they are buying big into the Internet of Things. A new study suggests that the generation before them is out-buying them pretty much across the board.
Smart home voice assistants are getting easier to lean on. Amazon's Alexa has more than 10,000 'skills,' essentially apps a person connects to by speaking to Alexa, such as through Amazon's Echo. Of course, in many cases the consumer has to recall the actual name or function of the skill to execute it, as in 'Alexa, open NASA Mars' or 'Alexa, open Flight Deals.' The device essentially shortcuts finding and opening a mobile app.
Amazon's Alexa now has eyes. Not real ones, of course, but the online retail giant's new Echo Look has built-in lighting and a hands-free camera to take full-length photos or videos so a consumer can instantly check their wardrobe before heading out. The new device, a bit of a step-up from the traditional Amazon Echo, has four built-in LED lights, a hands-free camera, an intelligent background blur feature for photos, a microphone and speaker and sits on a tripod socket, which can be wall-mounted.
Digital home assistants can do many things, but are mostly used for music. Although voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home can turn lights on and off, control thermostats, answer questions and order things, most people don't have one or plan to get one anytime soon. However, consumers are using voice commands via other things, based on a new study by GfK.
Consumers are rooting for AI, but many also see some potential pitfalls. Artificial intelligence is viewed as a way to solve issues ranging from those related to cybersecurity and privacy to global education, based on a study out today. The study is based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,500 U.S. consumers and business decision makers aimed at exploring attitudes towards artificial intelligence conducted by PwC. Participants were screened for basic familiarity with AI.
There's a new wave of augmented reality coming and it's going to be riding inside mobile apps. For many years, augmented reality has been a technology looking for a market. Thanks to the massive number of smartphones now in use, better sensor technology and improved mapping capabilities, the AR market is set to take off, based on a new report.
Consumers may be connecting various smart devices and appliances in their homes, but it's nothing compared to the number of Internet-connected TV devices. The majority (60%) of broadband homes now have at least one TV connected to the Internet, based on a new study. The devices used to make those TVs connected also is shifting, according to the study by the NPD Group.
Voice assistants are gaining consumer trust for making payments. While most consumers have yet to make a payment by voice, such as through Amazon Alexa or Google Home, many already trust voice assistants to do so, based on a new study. The study by BI Intelligence comprised a survey of 1,100 millennials and business leaders in a U.S. panel who make strategic decision in their organizations.
The number of consumers buying and owning smart devices depends on which devices are considered smart and how the counting is done. For example, if smart televisions are included, the number of smart device owners will be relatively high, since just about any TV sold today is a smart or connected TV. Some studies include smart televisions as part of their count and others don't.
Consumers are buying smart home devices but not as many as some would like. Many tech-savvy consumers got in early over the last few years and the number of consumers who have the devices is not insignificant. There are an estimated 39 million smart home devices currently installed in the U.S., according to new BI Intelligence study. By 2022, that number is projected to grow to 73 million.