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The State of Smart Speakers and Digital Assistants, Post-CES and MWC 2018February 27, 2018The 2018 CES tradeshow was dominated by common themes revolving around AI, such as machine learning, voice interfaces, and digital assistants. Building upon the AI-first focus of CES, Apple’s HomePod launch, and Google’s increased aggression in language support for Google Assistant just announced at Mobile World Congress 2018, competition within the market for smart speakers and related digital assistants has now truly begun escalating sharply. IHS Markit expects annual shipments of smart speakers to grow steadily from 32 million units in 2017 to 47 million in 2018, reaching 85 million in 2021. This is only a fraction of the more than 5 billion consumer devices supporting digital assistants in use by the end of 2018, with nearly 3 billion more added by the end of 2021.Subscribers Only
A Year of Transformation: What to expect from CES 2018January 07, 2018Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018! As we set into the New Year, and on the onset of CES 2018 where companies showcase their capabilities and plans for coming year, its time to set our eyes on the things we might or even want to expect in the year 2018. There are a few trends that we can expect to see across a wide range of technology segments emerging in 2018, however these will also create challenges and questions for the industry in the year ahead.
Apple Announces the HomePod: Will Apple's Bet on the Market's Most Expensive Smart Speaker Pay Off?June 05, 2017Apple 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.
Digital Assistants & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Report - 2017May 17, 2017Digital 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.Subscribers Only