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)

Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Podcasts, VoiceFirst

This Week in Voice with Katherine Prescott (Future Ear Daily Update 10-11-19)

One of my favorite voice technology podcasts, This Week in Voice, featured Katherine Prescott this week, who joined host Bradley Metrock for a great discussion. What I like about this show is that, as the name suggests, it helps to keep me updated on what's happening in the world of voice. Katherine Prescott writes the… Continue reading This Week in Voice with Katherine Prescott (Future Ear Daily Update 10-11-19)

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)

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

New Nick Hunn Article (Future Ear Daily Update 10-3-19)

Today, Nick Hunn, the analyst who coined the term "hearable" five years ago, has released a new article on the significance of Echo Buds to the hearables market. Nick doesn't publish new articles very often, and when he does, they tend to be packed with a ton of insight and knowledge, so this is once… Continue reading New Nick Hunn Article (Future Ear Daily Update 10-3-19)

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, VoiceFirst

The Food Network + Alexa (Future Ear Daily Update 9-30-19)

One of the most exciting and interesting announcements from Amazon's hardware event last week was around a new partnership between Amazon and The Food Network's parent company, Discovery. As part of Food Network's new subscription-based streaming service, called Food Network  Kitchen, subscribers will be able to view up to 25 live cooking classes a week, access… Continue reading The Food Network + Alexa (Future Ear Daily Update 9-30-19)

Alexa, Apple, Daily Updates, Hearables, Hearing Aids, VoiceFirst, Weekly Rundowns

Weekly Rundown 9/23 – 9/27 (Future Ear Daily Update 9-27-19)

For last Friday's update, I published an audio-only update mentioning that I have quite a bit of work travel coming up on the calendar and the introduction of the weekly rundown. So, for the time being, I'm going to use Friday's as a way to share some of the best stuff I came across for… Continue reading Weekly Rundown 9/23 – 9/27 (Future Ear Daily Update 9-27-19)

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, Hearing Aids, Siri, Smart assistants, VoiceFirst, Wearables

Three Reasons to be Excited about Echo Buds (Future Ear Daily Update 9-26-19)

The bomb finally dropped yesterday: Amazon has thrown down the gauntlet and entered into the hearables arena with Echo Buds. Announced at the end of yesterday's Amazon product event, Amazon's first foray into the hearables space represents the most important development in the world of hearables, since the launch of AirPods in December, 2016. For… Continue reading Three Reasons to be Excited about Echo Buds (Future Ear Daily Update 9-26-19)

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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, 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)