02. July 2017 · Comments Off on Voice Control: Securely Automating the Home of the Future · Categories: News · Tags: ,

What the smartphone did for home automation ten years ago, making it more understandable and accessible to consumers, is now happening with voice control. None of us are born with keyboards or touchscreens for hands, but most of us already yell at or speak to our devices – now they can actually respond.

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24. June 2017 · Comments Off on Survey Reveals Consumer Perspectives on Smart Grid and Related Products and Services · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) today published the latest wave of its flagship “Consumer Pulse and Market Segmentation Study”, the industry’s longest-running analysis of consumers’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the smart grid, smart meters and related products and services. The “Consumer Pulse” study is a tracking survey of nationally-representative U.S. consumers, first published in 2011. The sixth wave of the survey, implemented in March 2017, reached 1,652 consumer through online consumer panels, sampled from each of the nine U.S. census divisions. For the first time, the “Consumer Pulse” survey showed that a majority of U.S. consumers have heard of smart meters and the smart grid, at 72 and 70 percent of consumers, respectively. This marks a significant increase from the previous wave, released in 2015.

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31. August 2016 · Comments Off on 5 Top Wearables Companies to Watch · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The market for wearable devices is absolutely on fire. Case in point, the global wearables market grew 67% during the first quarter of 2016, according to researcher IDC. Predictably, tech investors are busy searching for the top wearables companies to add to their portfolios. So, which companies are churning out the tech wearables consumers want the most? Let’s quickly review which companies dominate wearable tech today.

Source: 5 Top Wearables Companies to Watch — The Motley Fool

27. August 2016 · Comments Off on Smart meters increasing consumer energy awareness, new report finds  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The roll-out of smart energy meters is making consumers more likely to be aware of their energy consumption and take steps to reduce it, a new report has found.Smart Energy GB’s ‘Smart Energy Outlook’ report, published today, found that the vast majority (84%) of consumers who had received a smart meter from their utility considered themselves to have a better idea of their energy costs, while 69% thought they were in more control of their energy use.

Source: Smart meters increasing consumer energy awareness, new report finds | Solar Power Portal

24. August 2016 · Comments Off on Overcome the Smart Home Gender Gap  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It only takes a quick Google search to see the promise of the smart home. The way in which we can now control functions in our homes and how devices control aspects of our lives for us is nothing short of incredible. And to consumers who aren’t technology-lovers, it’s nothing short of overwhelming. Though the budding world of smart home technology is continuing to grow, the majority of early-adopters have adopted.To identify what consumers want it’s essential to create a clear portrait of their buying motives. In a report that Shelton Group produced last year, we were able to break this down and reach a surprisingly logical conclusion: men and women have different priorities when purchasing new technology and therefore different buying drivers in the smart home arena.

Source: Overcome the Smart Home Gender Gap | Builder Magazine | Construction Technology, Building Technology, Technology, Home Technology, internet of things, home energy management systems, smart home, Design and Trends, Suzanne Shelton