CONNECTIONS™ Session on Voice Control in IoT Features Executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nuance, and Voicebox Technologies

DALLAS, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Parks Associates announced new numbers today showing adoption of smart speakers with personal assistants, including Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, or Google Home, is 10-11% of U.S. broadband households. The IoT research firm also estimates that in 2020, annual sales in this product category will exceed 50 million units. Parks Associates will examine voice control as part of the smart home and consumer-based IoT at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 23-25 in San Francisco. Continue Reading →

Welle: Turn Any Surface Into A Smart Interface

I was just notified about a new Kickstarter Campaign announced today on a potential consumer product called Welle. In a world of “smart” everything, including tooth brushes, I have become rather jaded about the multitude of “smart” products on the market currently. Nothing seems to jump out to me anymore as a cool or innovative product with a market saturated with “smart” devices. I seriously got pitched on “smart” toilet paper holder, no joke! Continue Reading →

42tea and CES 2017


teaIn this day and age everything technology wise is “smart,” there is even a smart plate but it doesn’t stop there. We now have smart teas as well. 42tea combines the tea tradition with the easy-to-use feature of connected devices using the smart cube that is connected to their smartphone app. The smart cube guides you through each step of preparation (dosage tea/water, infusion time and temperature) depending on the tea chosen.

IoTea will be officially launched at the CES in Las Vegas, January 2017, from the 5th to the 8th, where it was rewarded with an Innovation award in the category Smart Home. I will definitely stop by 42tea‘s booth while at CES because I am intrigued and also fail at making tea that taste good.

Below is the 42tea official press release with more information and also a demo video with  Jamie Cudmore, international rugby player. Continue Reading →

Press Release: Anda Technologies and Borqs Announce Partnership to Launch Anda’s Symbol-based Communication Wearable for Children at COMPUTEX 2016


COMPUTEX Taipei is currently going on and while I’m not there I get some fun press releases. I have a young niece that is the bee’s knees and out of all the press releases I think the Snapdragon Wear is a great innovative product for kids…Maybe even adults who haven’t migrated to the 21st century.

Below is the official press release and I hope that I may be able to get one to review. Enjoy!

Taipei, Taiwan — May 31, 2016 – Anda Technologies, a Latin American children’s wearable designer and developer headquartered in Lima, Peru and Borqs International Holding Corp., a global product & solutions provider for Android based smart connected devices, are pleased to announce that they have partnered to develop and launch Anda’s first symbol-based communication wearable for children.

Anda’s device is the first Android connected wearable specifically created for children as young as three years old. The device boosts a plethora of children’s focused features (CFFs) including a proprietary symbol based language that allows for two-way communication without the need to know how to read or write. Designed with a 360 full color screen, medical grade materials and powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ next generation wearables processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100, the device will revolutionize the way parents and children communicate while apart. Continue Reading →