The Gartner hype cycle: a personal take

It’s time for my annual look at Gartner’s hype cycle, where I pick out the technology trends that interested me and how they’ve played out in Silicon Valley and outside it. I love looking at this analysis first and foremost because it adds perspective to the often subjective opinion of leading edge tech that we … Continue reading The Gartner hype cycle: a personal take

Why isn’t voice shopping working?

When the Echo launched back in 2014, it was assumed that it would be more than just an assistant, that it would become Amazon’s new store front: “its driving force, the beat in its heart, will be to accept your money as efficiently as possible.” As recently as this March, a a market research report … Continue reading Why isn’t voice shopping working?

It’s time for a smarter shopping mirror – says everyone who hates trying on stuff in stores

Earlier this month, at the Google Pay sandbox at I/O, Google demoed a “smart mirror.” From what I saw in the demo, the mirror currently has the ability to track and display on the mirror products brought into the dressing room via an RFID tag on each item, show the item’s size and color and … Continue reading It’s time for a smarter shopping mirror – says everyone who hates trying on stuff in stores

Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

I was lucky to attend Google I/O last week and after the excitement around the announcements had died down, I was left with five intriguing product trends that not only show where Google is headed but also, in some ways, the rest of the industry. These do not by any means include all the announcements … Continue reading Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Two weeks ago I attended an event at Yummly, a recipe app recently bought by Whirlpool that’s trying to make a smarter kitchen. There is a big push to make cooking easier while having appliances do more by tying their behaviour, whether it be finding ingredients in the fridge, identifying them on a supermarket shelf, … Continue reading Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Gartner’s emerging technology hype cycle – 2017 edition

For the past few years I’ve taken a look at Gartner's Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle as a way of following what products and technologies make it out of the Silicon Valley bubble and into the real world. It’s an interesting yet in some way humbling exercise to see what products that we think are the … Continue reading Gartner’s emerging technology hype cycle – 2017 edition

A few things need to change to put smart devices in more homes

A few weeks ago Gartner released its updated Emerging Technology Hype Cycle, where it places various technology along the early adoption curve and estimates how long technologies have before they reach mass adoption. Internet of Things devices have been on the Cycle for a few years. Last year they were at the Peak of Inflated … Continue reading A few things need to change to put smart devices in more homes

Amazon Dash button: if it’s real, it’s spectacular!

If Amazon Dash isn't an April Fools prank (big if!) it’s an amazing meld of the Internet of Things and Frictionless commerce. Dash buttons are small, branded buttons that can be stuck or hung near a products place of use, say, in the laundry room for detergent and in the bathroom for razors. The buttons … Continue reading Amazon Dash button: if it’s real, it’s spectacular!

New in the smart home department… the Neurio

In the world of home energy conservation, the Nest thermostat has been the industry darling. Known for learning usage behaviour and turning on a home’s HVAC system smartly, it helps conserve energy by turning off the system when there is nobody home, encouraging more energy-saving temperature settings and remote turn off. The drawback: the Nest … Continue reading New in the smart home department… the Neurio

Does every consumer device needs to be smart?

While looking for a topic to write about today I stumbled upon Engadget's review of the new Oral-B smart toothbrush. The bottom line was that the data is deep yet useless and that most of the app’s functions (such as timing the length of a brush) were already available on other, cheaper electric toothbrushes (I … Continue reading Does every consumer device needs to be smart?