Consumer demand for both wearables and in-home devices equipped with sensor nodes and wireless links is expected to ramp up substantially throughout the rest of this decade, expanding the reach of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), according to separate reports from ABI Research and Accenture Interactive's Acquity Group.
Signaling that a major shift in the way Americans watch television is accelerating, the NPD Group predicts that the number of connected TV devices in the U.S. will double by 2017 to 204 million.
The different groups working on standards to connect devices to each other as part of the Internet of Things will eventually need to work together or the industry will need to decide on a select few, according to an AT&T Mobility senior executive.
Despite spearheading disparate Internet of Things alliances, executives from Qualcomm and Intel say that the IoT ecosystem would benefit from having one standard and one platform.
Intel, Samsung Electronics, Broadcom and other wireless and technology players joined forces to create a new group aimed at coming up with an open-source standard to connect devices to each other across operating systems and wireless protocols as part of the Internet of Things.
BlackBerry is launching a series of projects under the heading of "Project Ion" and aims to use its expertise in data security to get enterprises to uses its platform to connect devices as part of the Internet of Things.
While the 500-channel universe predicted by John Malone more than two decades ago is still in the distance, Americans now have access to 189 TV channels to watch on average. And they watch about 17 of them on a regular basis, the latest research from Nielsen's Advertising and Audience's Report said.
Startup firm M2M Spectrum Networks is aiming to launch a purpose-built M2M network using licensed spectrum later this year with the hope of stealing away M2M business from Tier 1 wireless carriers by giving vendors cheaper prices and a dedicated network for their data.
Even with the growing plethora of devices and screens available to them today, viewers prefer using the television to view streamed video, a Horowitz Associates study maintains.
Despite a plethora of connected devices both within and outside the home, most people want to watch live TV on their TV, a pair of reports has concluded.