The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast

This market forecast includes an overview and contains predictions of the rapidly growing social audio market. I have been a technology industry analyst in relevant markets like social media and the sharing economy for over a decade at tech research firms. What Is Social Audio? Real-Time Voice Conversations With Social FeaturesIf you were familiar with Party Lines four decades ago, you remember how friends and strangers could dial up to audio-based conversations regardless of location. In 2021, instead of landline phones, quarantine-limited users are downloading apps for real-time conversations with friends and family. The visual interfaces may vary, from emoticons to text chat integration to avatar integration. Modern app versions contain social graphs, groups, and other social networking features you … Continue readingThe Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast

2021 Trend: Pandemic Tech

This Year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES – January 11-14) is all virtual because of COVID-19, but what’s most interesting is the rapid turn towards pandemic technology. It seems that the tech world has turned out in force to solve the challenges created by the pandemic.  What Is Pandemic Tech? Pandemic tech refers to technology that aims to fight the threats posed by pandemic infectious disease through identification, warnings, sanitization, management, and analysis of data.  There is actually a crowdsourced community of innovators that has named itself PandemicTec. These innovators are backed by a resource network dedicated to bridging the gap between the infectious disease community and the technology innovation ecosystem. Here are just a few of the incredibly high number … Continue reading2021 Trend: Pandemic Tech

Device Review: Which Wearables are Worth Your Wellness Investment?

In this post, my firm, Kaleido Insights analysts review three wearable devices: Apple Watch Series 6, Oura Ring, and Whoop Band. by Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman and Jaimy Szymanski The wearable industry is booming as technological advancements race to meet emergent health needs. But, how effective are these high-tech gadgets as enablers of consumer wellness? At Kaleido Insights, we’ve identified five major technology themes that are impacting all businesses, and among them include: Digital Trust, Health & Wellness, and Ambient Computing. One class of technologies, wearable devices, spans across these themes, as both interfaces for data collection points and technologies designed for humans to alter their behaviors. On occasion, the Kaleido Insights analysts test out new technologies that fit our research trajectory. … Continue readingDevice Review: Which Wearables are Worth Your Wellness Investment?

Hunger Games: Who’s Winning the Food Delivery War?

Market analysis of Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Amazon Prime Now, Walmart Grocery, Acme and other global players. Due to COVID, the stay at home economy has been growing as people shift to on-demand grocery and home restaurant delivery, statistics bear this out: Revenue from the online food delivery industry is projected to reach US$26 billion.Revenue is projected to grow at an annual rate of 5.1%, reaching $32 billion by 2024. Market volume in the market’s largest segment, restaurant-to-consumer delivery, is projected to reach $156 billion in 2020. The global food delivery market is expected to hit the $154 billion mark in 2023.Globally, most revenue in this sector will be generated in China ($51 billion in 2020). COVID Effect: Online Grocery Shopping Increased … Continue readingHunger Games: Who’s Winning the Food Delivery War?

Study: The Secret to Sustainable Remote Work Can Be Found in a Connected Culture

One Liner: As a research analyst, I partnered with RingCentral to survey 4,000 remote workers on their mood, social interactions, wellbeing, productivity and more. How Are You Holding Up? That’s exactly the question we asked 4,000 remote workers in a recent survey to find out how they’re adjusting and adapting to what has become an extended period of working from home, with no end in sight for many. We wanted to know about their physical or mental well-being and whether they were feeling disconnected from others. Were they struggling with technology or with accessing information and if so, how was that impacting productivity? Was their company taking steps to help them? In recent months, headlines about remote work have focused on remote … Continue readingStudy: The Secret to Sustainable Remote Work Can Be Found in a Connected Culture

How Digital Fitness Companies Are Thriving During 2020

KARA Smart Mirror Because of COVID, gyms were forced to close their doors. Regular gym-goers have been seeking other ways to keep up their weight training and fitness regimens. Then there are those people who hadn’t concerned themselves much with being healthy and in shape before they found themselves in the middle of a pandemic. These individuals have received a wake-up call from a virus and have realized that they have a better chance of combatting COVID symptoms if they are healthy and fit. They can’t go to a gym but they can exercise at home.  Digital Fitness Provides an AnswerFitness instructors have been quick to move online, yoga classes have taken to Zoom, downloads of fitness apps have risen … Continue readingHow Digital Fitness Companies Are Thriving During 2020

How the Crowd Provides Air Quality Data

Crowdsourced data is helping society to forecast dangerous air quality. How can we. use these information models for other areas of business? Major wildfires spanning several western states have so far burned approximately 4.6 million acres. That adds up to an area roughly the same size as Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. As of September 17, 2020, in California alone there have been numerous fatalities and over 6,000 structures destroyed or damaged. The smoke is impacting many areas even those not close to the fires – the Midwest, the East Coast, and Canada. With the effects of the fires spread across whole regions, how can we obtain useful information? The answer is with crowdsourced data. We Are Increasingly Relying on … Continue readingHow the Crowd Provides Air Quality Data

Video: How COVID-19 Impacts the Future of Work

In this installment of Kaleido Insights’ video series exploring the future technology-related impacts of COVID-19, we cover the topic of “the Future of Work” Future of Work: How are technologies impacting organizations and the nature of employment?  Concerns about automation-enabled job displacement have collided with sudden mass unemployment and economic desperation. Future employment strategies will require balancing automation deployment with workers’ rights and the needs for safety and service continuity. Gig worker movements may use familiar mobile app technologies to organize and further extend the “sharing economy” infrastructure toward more distributed mutual aid services. Companies will continue to plan for many employees to have a hybrid work experience (home and work). Strategies may include smaller offices in many more cities … Continue readingVideo: How COVID-19 Impacts the Future of Work

Video: How COVID-19 Impacts the Future of Sustainability Tech

In this installment of Kaleido Insights’ video series exploring the future technology-related impacts of COVID-19, we cover the topic of “sustainability.” Sustainability: How are technologies driving environmental stewardship and new business opportunities? The impacts of social distancing will have reverberations for years to come, as human behaviors shift permanently to less travel and lower levels of congestion within cities. This trend will lend itself to the proliferation of shared autonomous vehicles to fulfill various needs, from on-the-go medical care to roaming retail. 5G development and implementation will speed up to enable these things to happen. Less vehicle and public transit emissions will continue to result in positive environmental impacts. The world’s grandest experiment in pushing the pause button will prompt … Continue readingVideo: How COVID-19 Impacts the Future of Sustainability Tech