Daily Updates, Essays, Future Ear Radio

Future Ear Turns Two (Future Ear Daily Update 11-12-19)

Happy (belated) birthday, Future Ear! What began as a site for long-form essays, has since morphed into a home for my daily update. To commemorate two years, here are five takeaways from what I've learned about blogging across the first 150 posts. Just Start When I started this blog, I thought I only had a… Continue reading Future Ear Turns Two (Future Ear Daily Update 11-12-19)

Alexa, Daily Updates, Essays, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare, Longevity Economy, VoiceFirst

Alexa + Hearing Aids (Future Ear Daily Update 11-8-19)

One of the core themes of Future Ear has revolved around the idea of an impending marriage between voice assistants and hearing aids (and all hearables). This marriage of the two technologies became feasible five years ago with the introduction of Bluetooth hearing aids, enabling the ability to wirelessly tether one's ears to the internet.… Continue reading Alexa + Hearing Aids (Future Ear Daily Update 11-8-19)

Alexa, Aural Attention Economy, Daily Updates, Essays, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, VoiceFirst

The Many Hearable Form Factors (Future Ear Daily Update 10-9-19)

One of the reoccurring thoughts that's been running through my head these past few years is that we'll eventually have a wide variety of form factors when it comes to hearables. I believe there will be a large range of hearables-based applications spanning consumer, business, medical and industrial-focused verticals, and some of those applications might… Continue reading The Many Hearable Form Factors (Future Ear Daily Update 10-9-19)

Conferences, Essays, Hearables, VoiceFirst

The Alexa Conference 2019: From Phase One to Phase Two

A Meeting of the Minds Last week, I made my annual trek to Chatanooga, Tennessee to gather with a wide variety of Voice technology enthusiasts at the Alexa Conference. Along with the seismic growth of smart speakers and voice assistant adoption, the attendees grew quite dramatically too, as we went from roughly 200 people last… Continue reading The Alexa Conference 2019: From Phase One to Phase Two

Essays, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare, VoiceFirst

Jobs-to-be-Done and the Golden Circle

It's about the Job, not the Product There are two concepts that I've been thinking about lately to apply back to FuturEar. The first is the framework known as "Jobs-to-be-Done." I've touched on it briefly in previous posts in regards to how it applies to voice technology and the mobile app economy, but it's a… Continue reading Jobs-to-be-Done and the Golden Circle

Audiology, Biometrics, Essays, Hearables, VoiceFirst

Capping Off Year One with my AudiologyOnline Webinar

A Year's Work Condensed into One Hour Last week, I presented a webinar through the continuing education website, AudiologyOnline, for a number of audiologists around the country. The same week the year prior, I launched this blog. So, for me, the webinar was basically a culmination of the past year's blog posts, tweets and videos… Continue reading Capping Off Year One with my AudiologyOnline Webinar

Biometrics, Essays, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare, Live-Language Translation, VoiceFirst

Hearing Aid Use Cases are Beginning to Grow

    The Next Frontier In my first post back in 2017, I wrote that the inspiration for creating this blog was to provide an ongoing account of what happens after we connect our ears to the internet (via our smartphones). What new applications and functionality might emerge when an audio device serves as an… Continue reading Hearing Aid Use Cases are Beginning to Grow

Essays, Hearables, VoiceFirst

10 Years after the App Store, what’s Next?

What's Next? As we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the App store this week, it seems only natural that we begin wondering what the next 10 years will look like. What modalities, devices, interfaces and platforms will rise to the top of our collective preferences? There's clearly an abundance of buzzwords that are thrown… Continue reading 10 Years after the App Store, what’s Next?

Biometrics, Essays, Hearing Healthcare

Bringing Biometric Sensors to our Ears

  Valencell + Sonion News broke last week that Sonion, a leading components manufacturer for ear-worn devices, had led a $10.5 million Series E round of investment into Valencell, a pioneer in the biometric sensor manufacturing industry. In exchange for its investment into Valencell, Sonion now has exclusivity on Valencell's bio-sensor technology for the ear-level… Continue reading Bringing Biometric Sensors to our Ears

Essays, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare, Longevity Economy, VoiceFirst

The Unexpected #VoiceFirst Power Users

In-The-Ear Assistants There was a really good post published last week in the #VoiceFirst world by Cathy Pearl, the author of the book, "Designing Voice User Interfaces." In her post, she goes through  some of the positive effects that smart assistants are having on the disabled and elderly communities. The unique and awesome thing about the… Continue reading The Unexpected #VoiceFirst Power Users