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Evolution of the Classroom & Meeting Space Having Substantial Impact on Display Market Dynamics

The displays industry has entered a phase of flux – several factors are contributing to a period of unparalleled product convergence across multiple applications. This shift is leading to discernible uncertainty among market players up and down the channel. However, change does not necessarily mean decline – in fact, it often generates opportunity. ...

The Age of Digital First Talent

At Futuresource’s recent New Content Horizons event in London, the closing keynote was presented by Gleam Futures CEO Dominic Smales. Gleam is the talent management behind the likes of Zoella, Marcus Butler, Jim Chapman and Victoria McGrath from IntheFrow, names perhaps not instantly recognisable to everyone but certainly to the digital-first gener ...

What to Expect from ISTE 2017

With the ISTE show a few days away, Futuresource will be scouting the show floor for the latest news and product releases from immersive technology providers. This is what we expect to see. VR/AR a Supply Side Push from The Big Tech Companies The early progress of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in the consumer market has been moderate at best ...

Optoma Offers Two Disruptive 4K UHD Home Projectors - How will other manufacturers react?

For the past few years, 4K projection has been the reserve of digital cinema, high-end Pro AV and premium home cinema applications, primarily due to high cost of the light engines. However, key component supplier Texas Instruments (producing around half of the world’s front projector light engines) demonstrated a lower-cost 4K UHD DLP chip at CEDIA ...

Apple Continues Music Push, but Not Closing Gap on Spotify

Along with its anticipated HomePod speaker announcement on Monday, Apple also announced that it now has 27 million Apple Music subscribers worldwide, meaning it has added 7 million subscribers in 12 months. This consolidates Apple Music as the number two paid-for on-demand music subscription service worldwide. Spotify has approximately twice as man ...

Apple Unveils its HomePod Smart Speaker

On Monday Apple launched its Smart Speaker which it called HomePod. Costing $349 it won’t be available until December 2017 and will launch initially only in the US, UK and Australia (which combined represent around half of Apple’s consumer revenues and are important launchpads for new Apple categories). Unlike its competition in the Smart Speaker c ...

AV Over IP Set for Record InfoComm Show

Signal distribution companies have been gearing up in preparation for Infocomm 2017, with AV over IP set to take centre stage at the show. ISE 2017 saw record levels of interest and exciting product launches from a large number of vendors. Infocomm is another exciting opportunity for companies to talk about the latest technology on offer and demons ...

Where Next for Personal Electronics?

Since launching with the Walkman in the early 80’s, the personal electronics market has grown to reach $540 billion in retail value in 2016 and supports a market of accessories worth a further $60 billion. The market is characterised by many failed, forgotten or fading products, such as the mini-disc player, ebook and pager, but ultimately is a mar ...

5G - Living Life in the Fast Lane of Data Delivery

As the 5G industry begins to move from the theory to practice, we take a closer look at some of the markets likely to be impacted. Why do we need 5G? 5G is designed to deliver much greater capacity and bandwidth, which will be a fundamental part of supporting new use cases and changing the way we communicate, consume media and construct the IoT, ...

VR - What's Going on Beyond the Hardware

When taking stock of the VR ecosystem, it is clear that the commitment to driving the sector towards eventual success is as strong as ever. From a hardware perspective, continued innovation combined with price erosion is grabbing consumers’ attention whilst the big investors in VR such as Facebook are providing clear evidence of their ongoing VR pu ...

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