02 Feb Home Wi-Fi Gets A Big Boost Led By Google

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In the typical US home, a single Wi-Fi router typically provides the wireless network coverage, and that was enough for most uses. If for some reason there was poor coverage, users would just move closer to the router. But with today’s smart and connected homes, the choice to move closer is often not an option, […]

31 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Consumer Networking Gains Wi-Fi Mesh

Consumers traditionally deploy a single Wi-Fi router for the home and adapt their usage around the router. But, changing needs are rendering this strategy unworkable for many homes as the coverage area needs are increasing, the prevalence of mobile devices is changing the access patterns and a host of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now entering the […]

25 Jan Vidyo Hits GA For Its Video CPaaS Solution

As I’ve written before, video is hot right now. Just look at video’s integration into everything from Intel drones inspecting solar panels to Ring door bells to Phillips ICU beds and RBC banking apps. If you spent any time at CES 2017 like I did, this would be evident that everything is becoming video enabled. […]

17 Jan RESEARCH BRIEF: Jabil & AnyPresence Set the Bar for Advertising

There has been an explosion of connected devices for the home. The internet of things (IoT), connected appliances, and home automation have created challenges and opportunities for advertisers, marketers, and customers. Today, most US homes have 8 connected devices, including computers, phones, tablets, TVs, and security systems. More connected devices are proliferating, including automobiles, thermostats, speakers, lighting, HVAC, sprinklers, appliances, […]

09 Jan NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017

At this year’s CES 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company’s future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates […]

03 Jan Highlights From MI&S Analysts At CES 2017

(Photo Credit: CES®) Columns Forbes/ Anshel Sag: Chipmakers Get Serious About Autonomous Driving At CES 2017 Forbes/ Mike Krell: 5 Things I Think About CES 2017 Forbes/ Patrick Moorhead: NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017 Forbes/ Anshel Sag: ODG’s New R-8 And R-9 Mixed Reality Headsets Are Powered By Qualcomm […]

03 Jan Lenovo Enters The Smart Home, Gets Aggressive In Gaming, AR And Premium X1 Line At CES 2017 #CES2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,  Lenovo came out with their guns blazing by stepping up their product announcements more than I have ever seen them do in the past five years. Lenovo is entering new markets, adding new brands and further improving current offerings. When Lenovo came out with the Yoga […]

30 Nov Home Wi-Fi Is Broken, But Enterprise Technology Can Fix It

About once a week my wife utters those four special words to me: “Is the Internet broken?” What she means by this is that she is having a problem connecting to the Wi-Fi, mostly because she has been moving around the house with her devices. Years ago, families sat around the radio together in one […]

04 Oct Google Pixel And Home Event: A Quick, Industry Technology Analyst Take

I just completed watching Google’s special hardware event and wanted to share my high-level, industry analyst take on it. Google Assistant Everything Google showed on-stage was very compelling, but as we have seen with most claims in intelligent assistants, rarely if ever have they lived up to the hype. Until consumers can truly rely on […]

13 Jun Industry Analyst Perspectives On The Apple WWDC 2016 Keynote

(Photo credit: Patrick Moorhead) I was in-person and live at Apple’s WWDC keynote in San Francisco. The following are my quick takeaways from the event. Watch and watchOS: Apple is focusing on exactly what they should be with watchOS, and that’s speed, ease of use and upping the ante in health and fitness. With the first […]

11 Jun What Apple *Should* Talk About At WWDC

Tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco to attend WWDC. You have probably seen 50 articles predicting what Apple will announce at WWDC. What I’d like to talk about is what I think Apple should announce or discuss at the conference. Image credit: Apple Improve and expand Siri Siri was first out with a mobile agent, but Microsoft Cortana, Google Voice/Now/On […]

14 May Ten Things Google Should Answer At This Year’s Google I/O

Every major technology company has a big, annual gathering of their ecosystem. Apple has WWDC, Microsoft has BUILD, Facebook has F8 and Google has I/O. Next week, Google is holding I/O ’16 in Mountain View and I will be in attendance. Since last year’s I/O, many things have changed in the industry, which sets the backdrop for the event. Since […]

18 Jan A Disappointing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) For Home Automation

(Photo credit: Mike Krell) Anyone who attended CES would have seen a huge space allocated to home automation with products and services from ADT ADT, Honeywell International, iControl, Lowe’s Cos, Vivint, and so many others. From a consumer’s perspective we saw every kind of home automation product you could currently think of. I saw: Hubs Light […]

30 Nov Experience And Scale Matter In The Home Improvement HaaS Space

I have been covering the home improvement HaaS (humans as a service) space for a while now, and if there’s one thing I am evangelizing is that the notion of experience and scale matters. I know that sounds basic, but that’s the reality, and one that is challenged by some. I am all for changing […]

16 Oct Is “Home Automation As A Service” The Future?

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As I prepare to head to CEDIA this week to visit with companies such as Comcast, Control4 Corporation, Core Brands Nortek, Honeywell International, Insteon, and Napco Security Technologies, I’ll be excited to see what’s new in the Home Automation space. Tradeshows are a fountain of information, and as I try to determine who (and what) consumers are […]

04 Sep Apple TV: What Features Should It Have?

Over the past 25 years, I have personally used no less than 25 DMAs (digital media adapters) or some sort of digital electronics connected to or inside my TVs. I have used 10 of the 25 in the last five years as the experience, content and technology is slowly but surely improving. The first 15 […]

02 Sep IAC’s HomeAdvisor Adds Instant Contractor Booking, Upping The Stakes In Home Improvement HaaS Market

As I wrote previously, “Humans as a Service” or HaaS, is looking to become one of the biggest cultural and economic phenomenon of our time. As the internet and e-commerce drove big change in the 90’s, HaaS is a major driver today. On-demand, many of us can get drivers from Uber and Lyft, a warehouse-full […]

15 Jul What’s Driving All The Home Automation Growth?

Home Automation (Credit: Mark Moz) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what exactly is driving the recent explosion of home automation applications and equipment. Over the past few years we have seen a great deal of change. The plethora of equipment includes (and this is a small sample, not an exhaustive list): Do it […]

15 Jul lAC’s HomeAdvisor Is One To Watch In The Growing “Humans As A Service” (HaaS) Business

I have become recently fascinated with what some have referred to as “People as a Service”. Because “PaaS” was already taken as a tech acronym as “platform as a service”, I’ll call it “HaaS”, or “Humans as a Service”, for short. HaaS refers to the growing business of digitally mechanizing and monetizing people’s fractional time. […]

29 May Google And Nvidia Shield Kick Off The Latest Fight For Cord-Cutting Living Room Electronics

I’ve been connecting digital devices to my TVs for over 25 years now and outside of a few devices, interactivity has been a “less than perfect” experience. Devices either did too little, did too much, were hard to use and setup, didn’t have the right content or just didn’t have staying power to be relied […]