Trends, Technologies, & Ecosystems: Evolution of The Digital Home

Parks Associates, with more than 25 years of industry expertise and consumer research, analyzes the top trends influencing the future of the connected home and digital lifestyle.

Dream kitchens of the Future

Is the next step in our kitchen of the future replication of food, similar to Star Trek? Just maybe. We have 3-D printing for solid objects; can food be far behind?

Smart Home Needs a Master Plan to Succeed

The Home of the Future, the totally connected home, can/will become a model of efficiency. Technology isn't holding us back. We're holding ourselves back.

Mobile Devices and Tablets as Home Controllers

A single tablet can be the remote control for your TV, the CCTV monitor for your video surveillance equipment, and the hub of all your other sub-systems like access control, wireless security sensors, thermostats, lights, irrigation, audio/video, etc.

Expanding Role of the Service Provider-from Music to Games to the Connected Home

Opportunities for value-added services span such categories as entertainment, technical support, home management, energy services, and healthcare. Each one offers a unique value proposition, and service companies view these services as means to retain customers and as platforms for future revenue growth.

Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition

In the study Business Model Evolution in OTT and On-demand Video Markets - 2012 Edition, IMS Research estimates that in 2011 the market for on-demand video reached 998.9 billion video transactions. Pay transactions are estimated at 7.2 billion streams/downloads in 2011, generating $16.2 billion in revenues.

Being a Technology Leader Means Staying Focused on the Goal

Innovation has got to be one of the most used, overused words in the 21st century. No one simply produces a new, better product...they innovated, changed the entire industry. They totally reshaped your universe while you were asleep last evening. Innovation doesn't necessarily mean a new product/solution that will turn the earth on its ear. It's a new, better way of looking at what you're using, doing in a totally different way. Sometimes - ok lots of times - you look at what Apple, Samsung have done and you say "big deal." But it's the elegance of what they achieved that you can use immediately and it feels as though you've always done it that way...that's true innovation at its best

Clouds Everywhere

Cloud computing, cloud storage sounds good but ever so often it has to touch down and then BAM!!! your could be in a world of hurt. Oh we'll all be using it at home, at the office, wherever. You really can't avoid it. But just know everyone is there noodlin around - hackers, cybercriminals, bad guys/gals, government agencies. What can happen though it's only a cloud.

NAB 2012 - Content Anywhere, Anytime Needs to be Monetized, Saved

NAB is the second most popular event for us to attend because we like to see how prehistoric our years in TV were compared to today and it's like light years. This year we're way beyond pushing stuff to the tube. The content people are sending stuff to everything. We know that's not a brilliant observation but what literally blows us away is how the industry is now able to do it so precisely to your mobile device, in the right format, even at the right time and BAM!!! with the right ads around it that are of most interest to you. It is so elegant. Oh sure they're not exactly certain what your threshold of pain will be for the volume of ads but they're working on that.

Z-Wave Snowballs to 600th Certified Product

Six months ago, saw the 500th certified Z-Wave product: a goal that took almost 6 years to reach. Today, the announcement of a 600th product indicates rapid growth in Z-Wave. What are the primary factors for the growth?

The Rise of the Personal Cloud

From the starting point of data backup and synchronization, personal cloud services over the next few years will increasingly focus on media access and storage.

Here a Tablet, Everywhere a Tablet

Consumers are using tablets for emails, checking on the news, social networking, gaming, reading books and watching videos. But, how are businesses using tablets? Just as the notebooks have replaced the PC, we can expect the tablet to replace the notebook, as they are smaller and lighter. The usage of tablets in business is multifaceted; and we will see more creative uses in the future, but the future of tablets in business will depend on software development, which is in a growth stage right now.

Trends of 2011 and the Storylines for 2012

Many thanks to our friends at Parks Associates for this great summary of what happened last year and what to expect over the next.

Spotlight on Ultraviolet

Spotlight on Ultraviolet Ultraviolet promises to be the digital movie locker in the cloud. Momentum seems to be gathering with a few major players (Samsung, Amazon and Paramount) signing up recently. I decided to take it for a spin and see if the reality matched the PR hype.

2012 will be the year of Home Automation

I know what you're thinking: another "year of X" prediction that has as much chance of coming to fruition as I have of winning the lottery. (I'm still waiting for smell-o-vision.) So, why am I so keen to stake my reputation on this? One reason: the number of entry level systems appearing on the market. We'll be reviewing some of these over coming months, but for now we'll just list some of the major contenders. Mark Anderson is a long-time home theater enthusiast and lives on the bleeding edge of Home Automation. He will be covering everything related to Home Automation and AV. He is also a regular contributor to avystemsmag.com, where he covers commercial AV and automation.Please welcome Mark to the HomeToys team.

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