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The NextMarket Report — appliances

NextMarket Report: A Touchscreen Echo, Uber for Appliances, Smart Home Insider Survey, More

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As we enter the last month of the year, most consumer tech companies are focused on preparing for CES. If you're Amazon, you're busy readying a new Echo.  There was a report this week Amazon might debut a new touchscreen enabled device in Q1 of next year.  While some believe it could be a kitchen optimized device, I think the implications and potential are bigger. You can read my initial thoughts on a touchscreen Echo here.  Beyond this week's article, I also have been thinking a lot about what it means to be an Alexa hardware partner. At this point, most consumer technology...

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The Rise of Appliance-As-A-Service

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The Rise of Appliance-As-A-Service

This week I headed down to the Smart Home Summit in Santa Clara to moderate a panel on data and the smart home.  My panel was at the end of the day, so I had a chance to listen in on some of the others panels. As with any industry conference, there tends to be recurring themes across panels, which taken together can present something of a snapshot in time for the current thinking of an industry.  So what is the industry talking about as 2016 draws to a close? From the sessions I listened in on, some of the...

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