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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)

Apple, Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, VoiceFirst

Google Assistant Wearables (Future Ear Daily Update 11-1-19)

Well, it's official. Google bought Fitbit this morning for $2.1 billion dollars after submitting an offer on Monday. Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices & Services at Google, issued a blog post announcing the acquisition and kicked off it off with this (emphasis mine): Today, we’re announcing that Google has entered into a definitive agreement to… Continue reading Google Assistant Wearables (Future Ear Daily Update 11-1-19)

Alexa, Aural Attention Economy, Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, Hearing Healthcare, Siri, Uncategorized, VoiceFirst

Upcoming Webinar On AudiologyOnline (Future Ear Daily Update 10-30-19)

This Friday, I will be presenting a 60 minute webinar titled, "The Technological Evolution of Today's Hearing Aids," on the continuing education site, AudiologyOnline. While it's a presentation intended for hearing care professionals, it's free to sign up for and can be attended by anyone. This presentation will ultimately be a culmination of everything I've… Continue reading Upcoming Webinar On AudiologyOnline (Future Ear Daily Update 10-30-19)

Alexa, Apple, Biometrics, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Siri, VoiceFirst

AirPods Pro & Google + Fitbit (Future Ear Daily Update 10-28-19)

This morning, as I was writing today's update around Alexa Bill Pay, news broke about Apple releasing a new pair of AirPods - AirPods Pro - and that Google is in talks to buy Fitbit. So, I'm pivoting here and will publish the Alexa Bill Pay update tomorrow, as I feel I need to cover… Continue reading AirPods Pro & Google + Fitbit (Future Ear Daily Update 10-28-19)

Alexa, Flash Briefings, Google Assistant, Guest Appearances, Hearing Healthcare, VoiceFirst

Guest Appearance: #AllThingsAuD (Future Ear Daily Update 10-25-19)

Yesterday, I joined Dr. Natalie Phillips and Dr. Hannah Galloway for their weekly Facebook Live show, All Things AuD. The show is designed to share all kinds of information that is relevant to audiologists and hearing care patients. Each week they bring on a guest and they asked me to come on and speak about… Continue reading Guest Appearance: #AllThingsAuD (Future Ear Daily Update 10-25-19)

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

Spotify’s Google Mini Giveaway (Future Ear Daily Update 10-23-19)

Yesterday, Spotify announced a promotion for new or existing premium subscribers, where Spotify will send each subscriber a Google Home Mini, simply by linking their Spotify and Google accounts. In a matter of a few clicks, Spotify subscribers can login, choose one of the four Google Home Mini, and within about 10 days receive their… Continue reading Spotify’s Google Mini Giveaway (Future Ear Daily Update 10-23-19)

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Guest Appearances, Hearables, Podcasts, Siri, VoiceFirst

Guest Appearance: Beetle Moment Podcast with Emily Binder & Katherine Prescott (Future Ear Daily Update 10-17-19)

I recently joined Emily Binder and Katherine Prescott on Emily's Beetle Moment Marketing podcast where we discussed a few different topics pertaining to voice assistants. Katherine and Emily quickly became two of my favorite people to follow in the voice space after I had the chance to meet them both at the Voice Summit and… Continue reading Guest Appearance: Beetle Moment Podcast with Emily Binder & Katherine Prescott (Future Ear Daily Update 10-17-19)

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

Google Pixel Buds 2.0 (Future Ear Daily Update 10-16-19)

Yesterday, Google revealed an overhauled, version 2 of Pixel Buds at its Pixel event. The new Pixel Buds are small, circle-shaped, truly wireless earbuds with silicon tips designed with a fin-like extension to help secure the buds into the ear and help seal out sound. While there will be some occlusion from the outside sound,… Continue reading Google Pixel Buds 2.0 (Future Ear Daily Update 10-16-19)

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)

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, Siri, VoiceFirst

The Android Ecosystem’s “AirPods” (Future Ear Daily Update 10-4-19)

Two of the sharpest writers that I follow, Bret Kinsella and Nick Hunn, each published an article yesterday pertaining to the recent flurry of news surrounding the hearables market (Link to Nick's; Link to Bret's (you'll need to subscribe)). As a refresher, Amazon introduced Echo Buds last week at its hardware event, Microsoft revealed Surface… Continue reading The Android Ecosystem’s “AirPods” (Future Ear Daily Update 10-4-19)