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Drones, A Modern Baseball Problem

Posted by Ken Long

Oct 24, 2016 8:38:29 AM

Baseball managers have long kept tabs on their star players to make sure they stayed ready and rested for the big series.

Back in 1892, for example, when the Cleveland Spiders played the Boston Beaneaters in what was then called the World’s Championship Series, their star pitcher was Cy Young. Young was generally clean living, but he would occasionally get up early to go hunting for wild turkey in nearby woods, a potentially troublesome activity his manager had to watch out for.

Unsanctioned hunting is less of an issue in the Major Leagues now. Today, however, a manager has to make sure his starters don’t injure themselves by fiddling with a drone.

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Topics: Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Challenges to Copyright Law Hold Promise for US Electronics Repair Industry

Posted by Steven Richmond

Sep 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Many participants in the US repair services industry, particularly small independent repair shops, have faced mounting challenges over the last decade. During this period, one key trend has been manufacturers’ increasing control over the repair of their products. Recent events, however, have given pause to this trend and even promise to reverse it.

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Topics: House & Home, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Demographic Shifts to Drive US Growth in Small Kitchen and Floor Care Appliances

Posted by Steven Richmond

Sep 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For decades, the tastes and preferences of the largest generational cohort — the baby boomers — have been an important factor shaping key trends in the US small appliances market. This group, noted also for its affluence, is now joined by another even larger generational group: the millennials.

Read on to discover how these two generational behemoths are expected to shape the US market for small electrical appliances over the next few years.
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Topics: House & Home, Demographics, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Smartphone: E-Commerce Kingmaker

Posted by Matthew Rolfe

Aug 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Like it or loathe it, it seems like everyone has one. No, not “an opinion,” a smartphone.

How many people in the US have a smartphone? About 60% of the total population in 2015. No small feat, considering the devices really only gained consumer market traction when Apple introduced the first-generation iPhone in June 2007.

What’s driving smartphone adoption? It certainly isn’t the ability to share meaningful voice conversations with friends and family — you don’t need a smartphone for that. The real value lays in the ever-expanding range of capabilities smartphones possess and the services they can access.

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Topics: E-commerce & IT Outsourcing, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

3 Trends to Watch in US Personal Care Appliances

Posted by Steven Richmond

Aug 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

There are a number of trends causing shake-ups in the personal care appliance market, leading to some interesting questions.

  • Why is a vacuum company making hair dryers?
  • How do the increasingly active lifestyles of elderly Americans present an opportunity for appliance companies?
  • And what on Earth is “peak beard”?

If you want the answers to all these questions (and more), read on.

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Topics: House & Home, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights, The Freedonia Group

Domestic Robots Now and in the Future

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jul 26, 2016 8:40:27 AM

Has the robot invasion begun? According to Tractica, a market intelligence firm that focuses on human interaction with technology, the consumer robotics revolution is “well and truly underway.”

Learn about the growing demand for domestic robots and what hurdles the market faces in the next few years.

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Topics: House & Home, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights

The Future of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Jun 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Despite past failures and false starts, virtual reality is taking off. According to a report by Rider Research, virtual reality has become one of the hottest technology buzzwords for 2016. Consumer demand is rising fast as realistically priced virtual reality and augmented reality products hit the market.

But what exactly are augmented reality and virtual reality products? Who can use them? And which industries are going to most benefit from these new technologies? Read on to find out.

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Topics: Travel & Leisure, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Media, Industry Insights

Disruption in Media and Entertainment

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

May 31, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Jack W. Plunkett, CEO of Plunkett Research, Ltd, opens a recent video with the remark, “I can’t imagine any single sector that has been more disrupted or forced into more change than the media and entertainment industry over the past few decades.”

According to Mr. Plunkett, there’s more disruption to come. This vast, global industry will continue to evolve rapidly over the next decade as business models shift. Watch the video below and read this post to get valuable insights into this complex industry.

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Topics: Consumer Electronics, Media, Industry Insights

8 Helpful Articles on Breakthrough Technologies

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Apr 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

New and emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt and transform a variety of important industries. Mind Commerce, a trusted source for research and strategic analysis, has written a series of articles highlighting new, influential trends in digital technologies and telecommunications. Here, we’ve compiled eight Mind Commerce posts that received the most page views. Click to the posts that interest you to gain valuable new insights from an experienced market research firm.

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Topics: Software & Enterprise Computing, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications & Wireless, Big Data, Industry Insights

The Market for Smart Clothing and Textiles

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Jan 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In 2015, the market experienced a stampede of wearable devices. Consumers had access to some of the newest tech devices that were able to track movement, heartbeats, location, and more. However, many consumers found that these wearables came up short. Costs were high, and expectations for accuracy were not always met. Wearable devices held a 30 percent return rate and high product abandonment after six months.

This doesn’t mean consumers should give up hope. Although our main introduction to wearables has consisted of watches and wristbands, the future is looking even bigger, and is more focused on smart textiles and clothing.

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Topics: Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Industry Insights

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