Today’s Smart Speakers Point to Our Ambient Computing Future (Premium)

Smart Speakers Point to Our Ambient Computing Future

Ambient computing is the next major wave of personal computing, and smart speakers are how we get there.

A widely-quoted report from NPR and Edison Research claims that the 2017 holiday selling season saw a significant rise in smart speaker ownership. This leap forward is tied, no doubt, to the commoditization of these devices, with both Amazon and Google selling their cheapest offerings for just $29. At those prices, a smart speaker is an impulse buy, the sort of thing one might get as a stocking-stuffer.

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