Earthday 2018 Deals: Voicefirst, IoT, Environmental Impact and Takeaways for Retailers

Why is voicefirst exciting? Beyond the enhanced immersion and engagement, voicefirst is also opening up opportunities “to do better”. One area where this impact is most felt is the energy conservation and environmental impact.

Voicefirst is a mechanism to control services. Whether is turning down the thermostat, controlling the blinds, managing the oven or lighting up the room, not only does voice give you control, but it also allows you to automate these features. On their own, these features might not do much for the environment, but when millions of people optimize their energy consumption across devices, the impact can be significant.

Sunday, April 22nd is earth day, and many companies are playing their part by offering deals on products:

Amazon.com offers on Echo, Echo Show and Echo Dots

Amazon.com has 20% off on Echo devices, with the Echo Dot available for $28.85, the EchoShow at $124.15 and the Echo at $67.  You can find all the details on the Amazon Warehouse Deals page.

You can also hunt for deals and used TV’s, Lights, Vacuums, and Appliances. To find products that work with the Echo, check the “Works with Alexa” filter in the right hand column:

Get the Ecobee 3 Lite if you are in Canada

The Ecobee 3 Lite is CAD $25 off in Canada: https://www.ecobee.com/ecobee3-lite/

In addition, you may also be eligible for rebates: https://www.ecobee.com/rebates/

The Ecobee 3 Lite works with Siri and Amazon Echo.

BestBuy.com (US) offers Amazon Echo with Two or More Appliances

Bestbuy is offering an Amazon Echo worth US $99 when you buy two or more appliances totaling more $1499: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/clp/major-appliance-kitchen-package-amazon

While the offer is good, consumers will feel a bit lost. BestBuy does not indicate, like Amazon does, which appliances interface with the voice services. For retailers, indicating which voice ecosystem the appliance interfaces with needs to be a standard web design feature.

IoT updates from Japan and China

Japanese IoT and digital assistant market

The Japanese IoT and digital assistant market is on fire, and while the digital assistant may get replaced with more westernized solutions, the devices and their functionality certainly are worth watching out for.

In this article Marc covers some of the latest developments:

Better Than Smart Speakers? Japan Is Making Robot and Hologram Companions

The other country to watch out for – China:

While a decade ago, new technologies would rise from Western countries and be copied by the Chinese, we are now seeing the Chinese leapfrog the West. The Chinese ecosystem has been able to use it’s closeness to the manufacturing centers as well as develop an understanding of customer needs through digital means.

New facilities and solutions are also being deployed from China. Here are some interesting snippets:

  1. Chinese Customer are open to IoT
  2. ThinkPark China
  3. Qualcomm to open a smart car lab
  4. Voice Assistants and Digital Assistants

Check out how UX and design & IoT and devices are the interfaces of the future.