New Research: Are Smart Speakers a Trojan Horse?

Majority Say They Use Smart Speaker to Shop New research conducted by NPR and Edison Research has revealed what is likely the key motivation for Amazon and Google to aggressively attack the mass market by offering attractive smart speaker products … Continue reading

CEDIA/Home Advisor Smart Home Survey

At CEDIA 2017 CEDIA and Home Advisors partnered to present the results of a recent member survey on the Smart Home market that the two parties collaborated on recently. The results were interesting although not particularly surprising or earth shattering. … Continue reading

Uh-Oh, Data Shows TVs are Disappearing From Homes

For years now, the single greatest driving force behind the entire consumer electronics industry has been the vibrant, forceful growth in sales of television sets. Now, in a surprising new report, we learn that American consumers are beginning to wean … Continue reading

Ted Green Talks Amazon, Microsoft Thermostats, & URC on ResiWeek

Strata-gee’s founder and editor Ted Green was a guest panelist on this week’s episode of AVNation’s ResiWeek podcast. ResiWeek is specifically targeted at the residential audio visual integration industry and weekly convenes a panel to discuss the top stories of … Continue reading

Are Amazon Geeks Geekier than Best Buy’s?

Amazon Tests In-Home Installations Recode is reporting that Amazon is testing an installation service for smart home products in several key test markets – in direct competition with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. While these two giants battle over the rights … Continue reading

Builder Offers World’s First Wi-Fi Certified Smart Home w/Alexa

Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of homes, announced today the world’s first Wi-Fi Certified home designs featuring home automation built-in and voice control by Amazon Alexa. The company says this new program is part of its Everything’s … Continue reading

CES 2018 to Feature Smart City Technology

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced this week that at its upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018 in Las Vegas, there will be a new area of focus on Smart City technologies. The group plans both a dedicated … Continue reading

Sony CEO Predicts 20-Yr High Op. Profit; Says Co. Needs More Innovation

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai is feeling pretty good these days. After an incredibly tough turnaround period where many questioned his plan, Hirai said this week that the company expects to book an operating profit of ¥500 billion ($4.5 billion) in the fiscal year … Continue reading

New Data on Smart Home Market is Wildly Bullish

New research results released this week on the smart home market were wildly bullish on the recent impressive growth of the segment, as well as the continuing prospects for growth in the future. The survey, sponsored by PlumChoice, Inc (a … Continue reading