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Smart Speaker Market Grows 843% in Units in Q2 2017, While Q3 is on Course to Break More Records (Year-on-Year)

4.2 million Smart Speakers shipped in Q2, with sales dominated by the US and UK markets despite availability extending to Germany, China and South Korea during the quarter. Adoption in the US and UK has been relatively swift, with penetration standing at 6% and 3% respectively and with each home owning a little over two speakers per home, on averag ...

Retailers, Service Providers and Custom Installers Drive Smart Home Growth

41 million smart home devices will ship in 2017 globally, representing a retail value of $7.9 billion. Revenues are expected to triple by 2021, making this category one of the strongest growth categories within consumer electronics. This will be helped by added store space dedicated to smart home, the bundling of smart home devices with services an ...

Making Sense of 10G Versus 1G in AV Over IP

During the past 24 months, AV over IP has risen from relative obscurity to become the hot topic in the Pro AV world. Advances in compression technologies and network infrastructure capacities have helped drive this development. And we are now beginning to see significant volumes of encoders and decoders being sold into low-latency Pro AV applicatio ...

Sony Shows a New Direction for Smart Devices in the Home, with the Xperia Touch

Sony’s Xperia Touch is a short throw projector with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for easy pairing and streaming. It has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in (and expandable) storage and is driven by a Snapdragon 650 processor. The device also includes a 13MP camera, speakers and a microphone. So far it doesn’t sound too dis-similar to a smartphone ...

Pro AV Installation Opportunities - The Future for Laser

Following a detailed review of Solid State Illumination (SSI) 3 years ago, the opportunities identified in the installation segment have closely followed the path Futuresource predicted in terms of its strong momentum and general acceptance.  The versatility of the technology has created new possibilities dependent on light source longevity and pr ...

Pay-TV Companies Offering Soundbars New Routes to Market

Sky’s decision to offer a discounted soundbar to its subscribers is another example of how the Pay-TV giant is exploring every avenue to offer a high quality A/V experience that will reduce subscriber churn and possibly attract new viewers. However, it also comes at an interesting time for the soundbar, sales of which have lost momentum in the UK. ...

Through the Looking Glass

2016 was the year that virtual reality finally launched amid much fanfare but modest consumer uptake. But what about augmented reality/mixed reality? If 2016 opened the door for us to explore virtual worlds, then is 2017 the time that we step through the looking glass into augmented reality? Wittingly, and unwittingly, we have been dipping into th ...

RED: The Next Step in Smartphone Imaging, or the Next Step in Digital Cinema Cameras?

One of the leading digital cinema camera vendors will be joining the battle for smartphone brand share in Q1 2018. RED, known for initiating the digital revolution in the cinema camera market, has launched limited details of HYDROGEN ONE, a RED smartphone.Details are limited, leaving the small, but highly loyal RED customer base, and other spectato ...

1" Sensor Pro Camcorders Take Centre Stage in 2017

The global pro camcorder market is currently undergoing the largest shift in dynamic since the introduction of the large sensor product in 2010. The 1" sensor segment is gathering momentum in the global pro camcorder market. Pitched at the low end of the market with models ranging in price from roughly $2000- $3500, this relatively new category of ...

VR in Schools and Why Educational Content Suppliers Should Care?

Major educational ICT providers are promoting VR solutions to K-12 education, typically partnering short form, supplementary content experiences with low grade hardware. This strategy is expected to result in significant levels of VR headset ownership in the school systems of markets including the US & China. This install base will serve up pot ...

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