Arrayent Blog

March 14, 2017

‘Interoperability’ Is The New ‘Smart’

The third in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 3: IoT in 2017…will show that consumers are looking for interoperability with other connected products before they purchase a new ‘smart’ home product—and not under the umbrella of any industry standard. Business Intelligence, the research arm of Business Insider, recently reported: “The largest barrier (to smart home product adoption) is technological fragmentation within the connected home ecosystem. Currently, there are many networks, standards, and devices being used to connect the smart home, creating interoperability problems and making it confusing for the consumer to set up and control […]
March 8, 2017

Febreze Home Hackathon Draws 100+ Bay Area Developers Who Created Multisensory Experiences

Developers were Challenged to #HacktheScent at the #FebrezeHome Hackathon. They Designed Innovative Experiences and Took Home over $10,000 in Prizes. FIRST-EVER HACKATHON FOR CONNECTED AIR FRESHENERS Twenty-four stellar teams, composed of over 100 developers, entrepreneurs, designers and students competed in this past weekend’s first ever Febreze Home Hackathon, sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The ‘hackers’ ranged in experience from Silicon Valley veteran developers to middle and high school students. Most of the participants had never met before and coalesced into teams after the hackathon began Saturday morning. P&G’s first-ever hackathon was co-sponsored by Arrayent, Google, Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Xerox […]
February 22, 2017

Open Mic in Smart Homes: A Privacy Wake-up Call

The second in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 2: IoT in 2017…will foment a wake-up call for more privacy and security control as millions of homes now have an Internet connected, always-on ‘open mic’ with Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest Cam, and other entrants yet to emerge. A SPY IN YOUR HOME When authorities went to investigate the murder of Arkansas man, who had been found dead in his hot tub at the end of November, they discovered that an unusual witness may have been present at the crime: an Amazon Echo. Prosecutors in […]
February 16, 2017

Voice Control Takes Charge of the Smart Home

The first in a series taking a closer look at Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions for 2017. No. 1: IoT in 2017…will continue the trend of voice control ruling the smart home, but it will also start an epic battle between digital assistants. VOX POPULI, VOX POPULAR! There is widespread agreement in the industry that voice will become a leading user interface to control smart home products. Although Siri from Apple debuted in 2011, Google Now in 2012, and Microsoft Cortana in 2014, the Amazon Echo personal assistant with its Alexa voice interface has captured the hearts, minds, and arguably the leading position within the […]
February 1, 2017

IoT in 2017 Arrayent’s Top 10 Predictions

What will be the biggest trends in technology, product categories, solutions, services, business models and other issues impacting consumer IoT in 2017? As the leading global consumer IoT platform provider, we at Arrayent wanted to share the Top 10 trends we are eyeing for IoT in 2017. 1. IoT in 2017 …will continue the trend of voice control ruling the smart home, but it will also start an epic battle between digital assistants. At CES 2017 it seemed that almost every booth was demonstrating Amazon’s Echo with Alexa digital assistant controlling one gadget or another. However, it’s still the early […]
January 23, 2017

IoT Devices 2016: A Retrospective

The start of the New Year is always a good time to look ahead while taking stock of the year just passed. CES 2017 is now behind us, and if there was one overall feeling we took away from Las Vegas, it was that many consumer brands who have not launched IoT devices are finally getting off their good intentions and starting serious discussions about creating connected product programs. That is excellent news for Arrayent, for consumer product manufacturers, and ultimately for consumers. But before we race forward with the next series of predictions for IoT devices, let’s look back and […]
January 20, 2017

CES 2017 Report: Voice Control Rules

Well, the annual CES confab is over for another year. It was, as usual, a whirlwind of activities and a very busy time for Arrayent. But we like it like that! It was a banner year for meetings with customers, partners, analysts and press for us. Traffic at our booth was strong and steady, and even mobbed at times. It certainly helped that our category, consumer IoT/Smart Home products, continued to dominate show buzz—along with self-driving cars, 3D printers, and drones. There was a lot of interest in our own EcoAdaptor announcement that we are enabling interoperability between products within […]
January 19, 2017

‘EVOLVE’ is Step A4 to Enhance Products Through Compatibility With Other Services

This blog is the final one in our series describing Arrayent’s ‘A4 Program’ – four steps to IoT business transformation, which was unveiled to visitors at our 2017 CES booth in Las Vegas. ARRAYENT A4 PROGRAM – STEP A4: ‘EVOLVE’ For the ‘first generation’ of consumer IoT/Smart Home products, companies focused on one thing: connectivity. Connectivity was novel—but only up to a point. As has been well documented now by seeing limited consumer adoption, connecting devices to smartphone apps created some interesting gadgets that were tailor-made for early tech adopters. But the novelty of being able to control home devices […]
January 6, 2017

‘LEARN’ is Step A3 to Gain Insights from IoT Device and Consumer Data

This blog is another in our series describing Arrayent’s ‘A4 Program’ – four steps to business transformation, which is being unveiled at CES to qualified visitors at our booth in the Sands Expo. This blog looks at the third step of the program. ARRAYENT A4 PROGRAM – Step A3: ‘LEARN’ Connected products are producing staggering amounts of data –customer and product usage data. When captured and analyzed, this data can help companies understand customer needs, market dynamics, and strategic issues. Arrayent helps its customers turn that data into valuable and actionable “insights” about users, their behaviors, product usage, and sales […]
December 29, 2016

‘LAUNCH’ Step A2 When Connecting Products Quickly Across the Global Markets

This post is the second in our series describing Arrayent’s ‘A4 Program’ – four steps to IoT business transformation, which is being unveiled at CES to qualified visitors at our booth in the Sands Expo Center. This blog looks at the second step of the A4 program—A2: ‘Launch.’ ARRAYENT A4 PROGRAM – STEP A2: ‘LAUNCH’ From the initial project planning phase, Arrayent helps customers get their products from ideas to market quickly—on average in less than six months! In some cases, that’s years faster than the time-to-market many brands are achieving working with high-priced professional services companies or trying to […]