Steve Donohue for The Donohue Report: Dish Network sibling EchoStar has developed a system that could link a subscriber’s home fitness equipment with a television and home automation system.
Dale Moutain, a software engineer for EchoStar and SmarDTV, is named as inventor on the patent application published on Thursday. EchoStar submitted the application, titled, “Fitness overlay and incorporation for home automation system,” last October.
Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying fitness information with an electronic device may include receiving multimedia content at an input of the electronic device. The electronic device may provide the audiovisual content to a display device. The electronic device may also receive fitness information, and may provide this fitness information to the display device. Cont'd...
Pratibha Nanduri for ReadITQuick: Market research company Juniper Research, has released its latest report titled “Smart Home Markets: Entertainment, Monitoring, Automation, Health, Metering, Appliances 2017-2021.” The report on the research predicts that the market is slated for a steep growth from $83 billion in 2017 to $195 billion by 2021. The smart home market is a fast-moving one driven by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies like monitoring, smart automation and energy management services, required in consumer homes.
The main segments driving this growth will be healthcare, automation, entertainment and connected devices.
The smart appliances and home automation segment would be the fastest growing one during the forecast period with big companies like Samsung, Bosch and GE Appliances driving the growth.
The revenue from the entertainment segment is expected to slow down due to increased use of home automation and smart appliances in emerging markets.
In the connected services segment, the market share of Amazon and Netflix would fall from 70% in 2017 to 50% in 2021. Cont'd...
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg: It's been a while since a new TV raised any eyebrows, but Sony Corp. has just unveiled a new product that's creating a bit of buzz at the annual CES industry gathering in Las Vegas. Sony's XBR-A1E Bravia 4K is the electronics maker's first commercial foray into the niche market for televisions that use OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, technology. While the vivid, power-sipping screens have found their way onto smartphones, the cost of making them has so far limited their appeal for TVs. Only LG Electronics Inc. has made a serious effort to sell OLED TVs. Panasonic Corp. also unveiled an OLED TV at this year's CES.
What's different about Sony's new A1E TV, however, is that the screen doubles as a speaker. By vibrating the display itself, Sony said it will be able to offer the "perfect unification of picture and sound unattainable by conventional TVs." This is possible because OLED screens don't require a backlight, according to the Tokyo-based company. Cont'd...
David Nield for T3.com: If you're looking to get better sound for your music, movies and podcasts around the home, then there are a dizzying number of options to sort through - no matter what you're looking to do, chances are there's a smart bit of kit out there to help you do it.
For this particular feature we're going to look at reasonably-priced but top notch audio hardware - you really can break the bank with a home audio system, but if your budget's more towards the lower end of the scale, these are some of the devices worth a look. Cont'd...
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