Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, VoiceFirst

Alexa Hearables (Future Ear Daily Update 9-24-19)

Back in December of 2017, I wrote a long piece titled, "A Journey to the Center of the Ear." This was back before I started the daily update, when I would write 1,500 word essays that included original artwork that my coworker would help create with me (she's fantastic, not on social media, and the… Continue reading Alexa Hearables (Future Ear Daily Update 9-24-19)

Apple, Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, Wearables

Guardians of Health (Future Ear Daily Update 9-23-19)

During Apple's annual hardware event last year, the Apple Watch series 4 was released and during the unveiling, Apple's COO, Jeff Williams, proclaimed that the Apple Watch was, "an intelligent guardian for your health." In Apple's press release detailing the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple stated: "Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 brings advanced… Continue reading Guardians of Health (Future Ear Daily Update 9-23-19)

Apple, Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, Wearables

Wearables Grow Up (Future Ear Daily Update 9-19-19)

One of my favorite podcasts, a16z, recently created a secondary, news-oriented show, "16 minutes." 16 Minutes is great because the host, Sonal Chokshi (who also hosts the a16Z podcast), brings on various in-house experts from a16Z's venture capital firm to provide insight into each week's news topics. This week, Sonal brought on general partner, Vijay… Continue reading Wearables Grow Up (Future Ear Daily Update 9-19-19)

Audiology, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare

Signia’s Acoustic-Motion Sensors (Future Ear Daily Update 9-18-19)

Much of what I am excited about right now in the world of consumer technology broadly, and in wearables/heararables/hearing aids more narrowly, is the innovation happening at the component level inside the devices. I'm still reeling a bit from Apple's U1 chip embedded in the iPhone 11 and the implications of it that I wrote… Continue reading Signia’s Acoustic-Motion Sensors (Future Ear Daily Update 9-18-19)

Aural Attention Economy, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Podcasts

NPR’s Booming Podcast Business (Future Ear Daily Update 9-17-19)

A report¬†from Current surfaced last week that NPR is projecting its podcast revenue to surpass its radio broadcast revenue for the first time next year. The information in the report comes from NPR's membership meeting that was held on September 5th, where NPR CFO, Deborah Cowan, announced that corporate sponsorships for podcasts would grow to… Continue reading NPR’s Booming Podcast Business (Future Ear Daily Update 9-17-19)

Apple, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, VoiceFirst

Apple’s U1 Chip (Future Ear Daily Update 9-13-19)

Perhaps the most interesting revelation from Apple's product event Tuesday was what was not announced a single time during the presentation: Apple's U1 chip that will be embedded into the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 pro. The only reference of the chip during Phil Schiller's presentation was an image of it during Phil Schiller's slides.… Continue reading Apple’s U1 Chip (Future Ear Daily Update 9-13-19)

Apple, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare

Apple Hearing Study (Future Ear Daily Update 9-11-19)

Yesterday, Apple hosted its annual September event to show off its new set of products that are set to go on sale as we enter into the last quarter of the year. Although the bulk of the announcements were focused on the new iPhones set to debut and all the upgrades in the phones' cameras… Continue reading Apple Hearing Study (Future Ear Daily Update 9-11-19)

Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Hearables, VoiceFirst

Hearables Panel Video (Future Ear Daily Update 9-10-19)

Back in July, I published an update recapping the hearables panel that I participated on in July at the Voice summit. One of my fellow panelists, Eric Seay, had a friend in the audience who shot a video of the panel, so for today's update, I'm sharing the video. I had remembered the panel being… Continue reading Hearables Panel Video (Future Ear Daily Update 9-10-19)

Alexa, Aural Attention Economy, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, VoiceFirst

The NPR Mini Assistant (Future Ear Daily Update 9-5-19)

I came across a Medium post yesterday that was very intriguing from Nara Kasbergen, the technical lead for voice and emerging platforms at NPR. In the post, Nara details the process behind creating the ability for Alexa users to stream NPR's Morning Edition through their Alexa-enabled devices. For today's update, I'm covering the challenges that… Continue reading The NPR Mini Assistant (Future Ear Daily Update 9-5-19)