15 Feb Amazon’s Acquisition Of Eero Validates Mesh Networking In Today’s Connected Home

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The news outlets have been abuzz this week with Amazon ’s decision to cancel its recently announced plans to build a new headquarters in New York City. Relatively little coverage was given to the e-commerce behemoth’s announcement earlier in the week that it was acquiring Eero, a startup specializing in mesh networking solutions for the home. While acquisitions like […]

01 Feb The Cavalcade Of Cool Smart Home Technologies Marches On

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With the Consumer Electronics Show now (finally!) in my rearview mirror, it’s time to provide some commentary on another group of interesting smart home products that have caught my eye. From digital exercise to a new smart speaker to a cool new e-bike startup, there’s something in this column for all consumers. Activ5: a different […]

17 Jan CES 2019 Wrap Up #1: 4 Eye-Catching Solutions From The Conference Floor

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People who attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short, generally use the word “survive” to characterize their visit. With 4,500 exhibiting companies, more than 180,000 in attendance (exceeding last year), and more 6,500 media and analysts, the show did not disappoint. A trip to CES is not for individuals who do not […]

17 Jan Amazon Extends Its Smart Home Lead Over Google With Keyless Options At CES 2019

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Last week I attended the annual CES conference in Las Vegas, NV, to learn about all the latest in consumer electronics. You can’t talk consumer electronics without talking about the smart home, and you can’t talk about the smart home without talking about Amazon and its pervasive Alexa voice assistant functionality, first-party devices, and licensed […]

10 Jan Initial CES 2019 Observations: Patrick Moorhead

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I spent the week in Las Vegas and wanted to share with you my initial CES 2019 observations: What happened: Intelligence: Amazon Alexa dominated the show with its services and partners while Google tried really hard to catch up with Amazon, even going so far as to build a roller coaster ride to get attention. […]

10 Jan Moor Insights & Strategy Analyst Coverage At CES 2019

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Columns/Reports: Dell’s Service AI Integration: A Hidden Gem At CES 2019, by Patrick Moorhead Lenovo Boosts Legion Gaming Line At CES 2019, by Anshel Sag Amazon Extends Its Smart Home Lead Over Google With Keyless Options At CES 2019, by Patrick Moorhead Intel Demonstrates New Technology And Fab Progress At CES 2019, by Patrick Moorhead […]

09 Jan Synaptics Announces ML-Accelerated, Far-Field Voice SoCs For The Smart Home Segment At CES 2019

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CES 2019 kicks off this week in Las Vegas, and with it comes the yearly deluge of consumer electronics-related announcements. I wanted to lead off my coverage at the event talking about Synaptics—the “human interface solutions company” formerly known by many in the industry as “the touchpad company,” who continues to push further into mobile […]

09 Jan Consumer ‘Smart Home’ Technology Predictions For 2019

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier consumer electronics event, where companies big and small get a chance to showcase their new technologies. It always provides a strong glimpse of where the industry is going, and as such, is a must-attend for analysts like myself. On the eve of the show, […]

04 Jan Ringing In The New Year With More Great Smart Home Products

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There was an impressive cavalcade of smart home products in 2018, and I suspect 2019 will be no different. On the eve of CES 2019, here’s another group of unique, useful smart home products that caught my eye. Motiv—not your typical smart fitness tracker One very cool digital fitness solution that I believe will appeal […]

19 Dec Plume And OpenSync Initiative Swing For The Fences

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You can’t say that Plume is resting on its laurels. The Palo Alto-based company jumped onto the scene last year with its innovative Adaptive Home Wi-Fi platform, which provides “smart” mesh networking capability in domiciles of all sizes, using “pods” that can be conveniently plugged into AC outlets throughout the home. In a nutshell, Plume’s solution […]

07 Dec Even More Smart Home Products For The Holiday Season

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With about a month left before Christmas, I’d like to provide another round of great tech products worth consideration when doing your holiday shopping. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of these unique, affordable products. TCL 6 Series 65” Smart TV (Model 65R617) stands out in a crowded market Over the past […]

07 Dec 3 Offerings That Prove HP’s Printer Business Gets The Smart Home

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The tech space never ceases to amaze me. The fact that a 79-year-old company like HP  Inc. can reinvent itself and successfully navigate through the complexity and challenges of the smart home is impressive, to say the least. It has done this not by launching whiz-bang gadgets, but by smartly applying its innovation chops and […]

14 Nov More Smart Home Products For The Holiday Season

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Many consumers don’t consider themselves to be tech-savvy, and it can be particularly challenging to find a great tech gift for a family member in this rapidly changing product landscape. It is my ongoing mission to shed light on some of the best smart solutions on the market. A few weeks ago, I detailed five […]

09 Nov 5 Great Technology Gifts For The Family

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Christmas is still over two months away, but it’s never too early to keep an eye out for cool smart home gifts. Between now and the end of October, I’d like to call attention to some of the more innovative products that come across my radar screen—here’s round 1 of these unique and useful solutions. […]

08 Nov Why The Smart Home Needs The Retail Channel

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For all the promise and potential of the smart home, the category has always been a little like Jello—difficult to nail down and challenging to define. If you ask 10 consumers what it is, you’ll likely get 10 different answers. Some define a smart home as the simple possession and use of a digital assistant […]

05 Oct pHin Reinvents Residential Pool Chemical Treatment

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There’s something in the water.   CONNECTEDYARD Some of my fondest memories from growing up in northern New Jersey center around the in-ground pool my father installed at our home when I was in my teens. For my dad, the pool was a labor of love and a not too subtle device for getting my mom, […]

03 Oct FlexVU’s Mission: Clear Up The Cord Cutter Confusion

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Over the past year, I’ve written extensively about cord cutting, covering the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges that consumers should consider before making the fateful decision to sever their relationship with their cable or satellite company. There’s always been a risk/reward element associated with the decision to cut the cord, so I was pleased to see […]

27 Sep Apple Watch Series 4 May Be a Life-Saver

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While the new Apple iPhone X models were certainly the big news at the Apple Special Event yesterday, the new Apple Watch Series 4 was also particularly noteworthy. Essentially an overhaul of the Apple Watch, the new series offers a number of disruptive technologies that I believe will expand the appeal of wearable devices far […]

21 Sep IFA 2018: 5 Big Consumer Technology Reveals

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The IFA technology showcase in Berlin last week was a sprawling affair, attracting over 230,000 consumers, journalists, and industry pundits from all over the world. Historically it has been geared towards European consumers, but due to the conference’s late August timing, more and more companies are using it as a platform to announce new products […]

06 Sep How Crestron Paved The Way For The Smart Home, And More

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If you’ve worked in an office or a university campus in the past 40 years or so, the name “Crestron” is probably not unfamiliar. Founded in 1971 and based in a cozy corner of Northern New Jersey, Crestron Electronics is a ubiquitous technology presence in corporate conference rooms, theaters, Las Vegas sports books, university lecture […]