The Road To Self-Driving Cars: But First, Traffic And Weather

by Net Future Institute on February 5, 2016

By Chuck Martin There’s still a great distance between the somewhat smart car of today and the driverless car of the future. But the relationship between people and their cars is on a path of evolution as vehicle technology melds more into The Internet of Things. Over the next decade, the auto industry will be […]

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Marketing In The New IoT Land Of Automation

by Net Future Institute on February 5, 2016

By Chuck Martin The Internet of Things is going to make more things automatic. It’s not the actual things that will become automatic, but rather that connected things will automate more things for consumers. There were many examples of this at CES in Las Vegas last week. None were necessarily earthshaking by themselves, but taken […]

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Islands Of The Internet Of Everything Unite At CES

by Net Future Institute on January 11, 2016

By Chuck Martin One of the key insights from CES this year is that the pieces of The Internet of Things are starting to be made to work with each other. At the last two CES annual events, smart objects tended to operate in more of a standalone approach. A smart lightbulb could be controlled […]

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Penn Jillette At CES: Tipping The Scales For Smart Objects

January 11, 2016

By Chuck Martin Before a so-called smart product takes off, it first has to get noticed. At CES this week, with thousands of companies exhibiting and some 20,000 new products introduced, in a show scattered throughout all the major venues in Las Vegas, getting noticed is somewhat of a challenge. But getting noticed by a […]

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CES Product Introductions Highlight The Blurring Of The Lines

January 11, 2016

By Chuck Martin Some of the innovations unveiled at CES this year show that The Internet of Things is causing some of the lines to blur. In numerous cases, the idea of one device doing one thing is falling by the wayside. Or maybe more accurately, it’s that a device designed to do one thing […]

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The Pre-CES Report: Increases In Smart Homes, Wearables, Smart TVs, Drones

January 11, 2016

By Chuck Martin It appears the tremendous growth of The Internet of Things is driving the consumer technology industry to record-setting growth. Consumer technology retail revenue is slated to hit $287 billion this year, according to new figures from the Consumer Technology Association, which released the figures on the eve of CES International, which the […]

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CES Meets The Internet Of Things; Many Consumers Ready

January 11, 2016

By Chuck Martin CES International this year could easily be mistaken for a mega show about The Internet of Things. Over the last two annual events, always held here in Las Vegas at the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center in addition to a large spillover to numerous hotel conference facilities, IoT technology has been somewhat […]

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40 Million Cars Connected To The Internet; 64% Want It

January 2, 2016

By Chuck Martin For the past few years, connected cars have been a big deal at the annual CES show in Las Vegas and it looks like it could be the tip of the iceberg. Two years ago, General Motors made a big deal at the show with its in-car networking, apps in the dash […]

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Why Mobile Shoppers Head to Stores: 47% Want to See Items, 41% Want to Take Them Home

November 30, 2015

By Chuck Martin While most consumers have smartphones they use for shopping, most of the actual purchasing still happens in a physical store. Numerous studies have been pointing to this phenomenon for some time. Even though people can somewhat easily make a purchase from a mobile phone, they still would rather do it in a […]

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