05 Apr The Ultimate Cord-Cutter Solution: You Might Never Leave Your Home Again

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Article by Mark N. Vena. Cord-cutting in the United States has grown insanely popular with consumers over the past several years. This is being driven by a combination of factors: anger with the incumbent cable or satellite companies over paying too much for premium channels; the fact that today’s consumers no longer are confined to […]

28 Mar Man’s Best Friend Has A Place In The Smart Home Too

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If you love dogs or cats, you’ll enjoy this week’s column in my ongoing search for the coolest smart home technology products on the market. Today I’ll take a look at two new products: Sony’s newest robotic dog, and a location tracking solution for kids and pets. Aibo: one step closer to the ultimate robotic pet For […]

26 Mar Google’s Stadia Announcement May Be A Game Changer

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Post by Mark N. Vena. Google  formally took the wraps off its new gaming platform,Stadia, last week at GDC 2019.  The phrase “game changer” is thrown around too often in the tech space, but in my view, Stadia really does have the makings to profoundly change the video game entertainment landscape. The Entertainment Software Association reports that in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

06 Jun Intel Gears Up For 50th Birthday With New Smart Home Announcements

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This week Computex is being held in Taipei, Taiwan. Intel took the opportunity of Asia’s biggest IT tradeshow to make several important announcements in advance of the company’s 50th birthday next month. The announcements largely reinforced the company’s commitment to legacy PCs, but also underscored many of the infrastructure elements of its new smart home […]

05 Jun Apple WWDC 2018 Recap: Siri Gets A Badly Needed Shot Of Adrenaline

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Apple Event logo. This week I’m attending Apple WWDC 2018 in San Jose. Day 1’s keynote was an entirely software-based affair, surprising some who were expecting to see more hardware-related announcements or refreshes of current products. Apple executives took to the stage at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to announce numerous (if incremental) enhancements […]

13 Mar Robots Are The Future Smart Assistants

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Sony’s new Aibo robot dog As any techie could tell you, smart home assistants are all the buzz right now, with Amazon.com , Apple , Google, Microsoft , and others with significant stakes in the market. While the current assistants available offer a wide range of capabilities, at the end of the day, they are […]

31 Jan Paladin Armor Seeks To Redefine Smart Home Security

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Paladin Armor, Inc. “Home security” is a broadly defined moniker that in my view does a disservice—no single company owns the home security ecosystem because it is so large, and glutted with many “me too” products. The sheer expansiveness of the category can overwhelm the average consumer, and the amount of very similar smart products […]

23 Jan Top Smart Home And Home Automation Products From CES 2018

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Consumer Technology Association  As expected, last week’s CES was an expansive affair, with 3,900 exhibitors presenting interesting (and more than a few head-scratching) products and solutions across 240,000 square feet of floor space at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center. More than 184,000 attendees visited this year’s show (a CES record), and while […]