Owners of connected cars will share personal data if they receive certain service offerings, such as traffic updates, safety alerts and maintenance warnings. However, the majority (64%) want to be told precisely what data is being collected, how it's used and who is using it.
For smart home devices, brand loyalty may take a back seat to interoperability. Consumers planning to by a smart home device consider it more important for any new device to work with other products in their home than what brand product they buy.
Four-year-old SenseTime, a leading AI company in China, just raised $620 million in funding, bringing its total funding to more than $1.6 billion and a valuation of more than $4 billion.
Amazon has launched a beta version of a feature that combines customer requests with a machine-learning model so the smart assistant can figure out the correct skill on its own.
The market for wearable bands has pretty much shaken out for the moment. Left standing, in a big way, is Apple.
The market for robots is growing exponentially and undergoing a major transition. Robotic categories now include autonomous cars, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), customer service robots and personal assistant robots, making up a new world order of robots.
In addition to more screens and in-car streaming entertainment, one of the promises of connected cars is the ability to tell when a traffic light will change to red or green. Audi recently introduced a feature called Traffic Light Information, so its cars could communicate with the traffic infrastructure in certain cities, which has been tested in Las Vegas for some time.
There can be somewhat of a generation gap relating to the mass adoption of virtual reality, but one global brand is doing its part to tackle that issue head on. Legoland Discovery Center in Boston just added 'The Great Race VR Experience,' the first and so far the only one of the 11 Discovery Centers in North America to launch a virtual reality indoor program.
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.