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The idea of smart gadgetry or appliances knowing when to start and shut themselves off could free consumers from some decision-making, at least conceptually.
One of the most prolific devices and the primary IoT hub for now is the smartphone, which doesn’t always drive consumer-free actions.
During this holiday season, consumers are expected to tap into their smartphones and other technology to help them along, with most (79%) consumers saying technology enhances their enjoyment or relieves the stress of the holidays, according to a new survey.
However, technology can be distracting.
Many (41%) say they are frustrated that their family or friends are increasingly distracted with looking at their smartphones during the holidays, according to the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Sequence.
In the longer term, connected things will increasingly create more automation. Smart homes will be connected to cars and wearables will become freed from smartphone tethering.
In the shorter term, as in the realistically foreseeable future, smart and Internet-connected things will continue to digitally tap consumers on the shoulder. For example:
"There's plenty of shopping for personal smart devices this holiday season but many of the actual gifts will be going to their buyers."
Holiday Gifting: 63% Give Smartwatch to Themselves by Chuck Martin.
Source: MediaPost Communications