Why Do People Buy Smart Home Devices?

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Whether it be speakers, lighting or thermostats, home connected devices (smart home devices) are becoming more popular in American homes. And, for those US adults who already own smart home devices, one is not likely to be enough, with almost half (46%) saying they plan to purchase additional devices for their home this year, per… Read More » The post Why Do People Buy Smart Home Devices? appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Smart thermometers could be the secret to reopening schools

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A program designed to help school nurses and parents understand virus spread in classrooms is already in 10% of elementary schools. Could it help them reopen faster? On a Friday in November, Alisha Palmer, a school nurse at Jackson Park Elementary in North Carolina, noticed a few kids in the third grade were sent home with high fevers. By Monday morning, it was clear a virus had struck. Read Full Story

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Facebook is turning Portal into a screen for Zoom calls

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The friends-and-family-oriented video-calling gadget is adding support for Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans videoconferencing. When the COVID-19 pandemic made social distancing into the sudden norm, a bunch of not-especially-high-profile technology products entered the spotlight. Among them was Facebook’s Portal, a home smart screen for video calls that reportedly saw a sales spike as people looked for new ways to stay in touch with remote friends and family. Read Full Story

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