Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson is a senior analyst with the IHS consumer electronics group. With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Erickson's topical experience as an analyst has included consumer electronics, pay & broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies, and digital rights management.
His current subject areas are connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices, and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving Connected Devices research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.

Prior to joining IHS, he worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as consulted on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. Erickson is also formerly the Director of DVD and HD Market Research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as one of three expert panelists speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference, alongside fellow IHS colleague and Director / Senior Principal Analyst Tom Adams.

He has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, the BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, NPR, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.

He also holds a B.S. in International Business from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.


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Apple Announces the HomePod: Will Apple's Bet on the Market's Most Expensive Smart Speaker Pay Off?
Apple Announces the HomePod: Will Apple's Bet on the Market's Most Expensive Smart Speaker Pay Off?

Apple announced its HomePod smart speaker at WWDC 2017, marking its entry into that market as well as its formal manifestation of the concept of an all-Siri voice-controlled smart home in the future. With a 4-inch driver, a beamforming-capable 7-tweeter array, 6-microphone far field voice recognition array, acoustic modeling, multi-channel echo cancellation (useful for calling features undoubtedly to come), software-based distortion reduction, and automatic room adjustments thanks to its microphones, HomePod is thus far the most sophisticated audio product in the smart speaker race. HomePod is slated for December 2017 release in the US, UK, and Australia, at $349 USD.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices
Apple Enters Multi-room Audio with AirPlay 2, but Mainstream Third Party Hardware Penetration Likely to be Limited
Apple Enters Multi-room Audio with AirPlay 2, but Mainstream Third Party Hardware Penetration Likely to be Limited

Apple announced the AirPlay 2 wireless audio standard at its WWDC 2017 event. The successor to its original AirPlay Wi-Fi based audio standard, AirPlay 2 now enables multi-room audio playback, versus the single source and destination nature of the original. AirPlay 2 is incorporated into iOS 11, and is compatible with HomeKit, to allow AirPlay 2-compatible speakers to be a controllable device within a HomeKit smart home scenario. AirPlay 2 also enables the use of Siri to initiate and control playback to compatible speakers and devices (such as Apple TV). The also-announced AirPlay 2 API allows third party apps to play to AirPlay 2 devices.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices
Digital Assistants & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Report - 2017

Digital assistant and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled services are gathering momentum across the technology, media and telecom industries. These services are creating new forms of user interface (UI) and require device makers, media companies, consumer platforms, service providers and smart home vendors to adapt and develop new strategies.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices Mobile & Telecom
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