Samsung Electronics marketing executive Rebecca Hirst anticipates that smart home technology and voice interaction will go mainstream, which could be a "game changer for loyalty." Hirst notes that adoption has been slow to start, as there's a psychological hurdle to establishing these devices in the home, but she adds that once they're over that, consumers will be able to see the opportunity.
An initiative dubbed DRIVE -- Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments -- is focused on improving medical treatments for children using technology. Part of the project uses virtual reality to immerse children in a dinosaur-themed environment to keep them occupied as they're being treated.
Increased consumer confidence, low unemployment and a wide range of new products have led many consumer electronics distributors to be optimistic for the holiday season. Despite this, some report concerns that Chinese tariffs could cause an increase in prices.
Smart speakers aren't smart enough yet to differentiate certain voices from others in a room. However, Google is addressing the problem with a solution that combines two neural networks to "significantly" reduce the speech-recognition word error rate on multispeaker signals.
Facebook, Google and Twitter are being more transparent about political ad spending, but their separate ways of providing information make it difficult to track who is spending what across the three platforms. The problem is viewed as a result of the lack of legal or regulatory guidance to harmonize such efforts.
Mobile ticket purchasing, in-seat ordering and new payment solutions that include TV are among the innovations Visa is promising in its renewed partnership with the International Olympic Committee. Providing the new services will be an international effort drawing on 11 Visa innovation centers around the world.
A new operating system from Google is probably years in the future, and for now developers are left with Android and its array of application programming interfaces to serve Android Pie and Chrome OS. In this context, Jason Perlow argues, Google must put its Chrome OS into more hands if it hopes to expand beyond education and light computing.
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