The launch and relative success of the Apple Watch has set a clear benchmark for the upper end of the smartwatch market in terms of functionality, but didn’t bring much that was new to the market. Other releases throughout 2015 generally expanded the devices’ aesthetics, rather than redefining their capabilities. Several vendors have released smartwatches that are much more limited compared to those released by the large mobile players.
In a world where the concept of applying Internet connectivity has been considered for almost all physical objects, it is unsurprising that the toy industry is increasingly involved in the development and sale of connected, ‘smart toys’.
Following a number of negotiations and policy reversals with state governments and operators, the EU Parliament finally voted in October 2015 to end mobile roaming charges in the EU by 2017. The EU roaming regulation adopted over the years has established caps on mobile tariffs and an automatic safeguard against data roaming bill shocks and for price transparency.
A new report published by Juniper Research on autonomous vehicles this week - Autonomous Vehicles: Adoption, Regulation & Business Models 2015-2025 - found that autonomous vehicles are likely to hit the road by 2019, with consumer adoption set to take off in 2021. The market has witnessed significant developments over the past 12-24 months with stakeholders now conducting live trials.
As outlined in Juniper’s recently published research report, Mobile Financial Services: Developing Markets 2015-2020, the mobile device is becoming the core enabler for the world’s poor to seek financial inclusion, with users of such services set to grow to 283 million by 2020.
Juniper’s recently published Smart Wearable Devices research highlights the use cases that will drive up adoption of the devices, which have had a lacklustre start, but are showing promise in spaces from activity tracking to the workplace.
Wearable technology is not yet mainstream. There is, as yet, no ‘killer app’ that makes smartwatches or smart glasses relevant to more consumers, but the market’s focus has changed over the past few months. The emphasis is now on expanding the range of devices, understanding how they can be best used and what business models they enable. One of the key emerging uses is that of quantified others.
This week Juniper published a new research on Civilian UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) – Drones: Consumer & Commercial Applications, Regulations & Opportunities 2015-2020.
Our research found that reduced component cost, increased competition and a greater number of consumer use cases means that around 4 million consumer drones will be shipped annually this year.
Whilst many thought last weekend’s major sporting event was the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, another tournament with a substantial global following also took place: the 2015 League of Legends World Championship final, one of the largest events in the current eSports calendar.
Earlier today, a German blogger named Carsten Knobloch discovered a game changer on his desktop, and unsurprisingly he was keen to flag it to the rest of the world. And thus the news of the game changer began to spread: Apple had gone for carrier billing.
Now that the colder months are approaching for us Northern hemisphere dwellers, the central heating ads have started showing on TV. Not unexpectedly, British Gas is plugging their connected thermostat system, Hive. What was surprising to me was the fact that, in 2 years, nothing has changed with regards to the sales pitch: it’s still a thermostat controlled by your phone