SmartThings Partners with Eve Systems to Revolutionize Home Energy Management

By Peter Cooney | December 20, 2023

There are several interesting threads to this story (pun intended), for example: Samsung has partnered with a 3rd party to help roll out smart plugs, rather than developing these devices in house. It further signals Samsung’s commitment to driving adoption of Matter as the all-encompassing smart home connectivity technology. At a higher level this is a […]

HARMAN Acquires Roon

By Peter Cooney | November 29, 2023

November 27, 2023, Harman announced the acquisition of Roon, a music software company most well-known for its Roon app. Roon Labs was founded in 2015, but its journey in music technology began much earlier, in 2004. The founders were involved in developing music software for companies like Sooloos, Meridian Audio, and HP before establishing Roon […]

Creative Aurvana Ace Series: Precision in Every Note

By Peter Cooney | November 28, 2023

The latest headphones from Creative – Aurvana Ace Series – are the first consumer TWS device to use MEMS speakers, supplied by xMEMS. This follows other devices announced with xMEMS speakers such as hearing aids and IEMs. We are still yet to see a fully MEMS speaker based high volume consumer device and this is […]

Humane launches Ai Pin

By Peter Cooney | November 15, 2023

After 4 years of development, the Humane Ai Pin will become available to purchase from November 16th. This wearable device is aimed at replacing a smartphone as the primary way for people to access knowledge and interact with others, with AI at the heart of what it does. The press release states “Ai Pin redefines how […]

Upcoming handheld gaming consoles to look out for in 2023

By Peter Cooney | November 8, 2023

This story highlights the new handheld gaming consoles that are coming in 2023. SAR Insight is following this market, and tracking the brands and products introduced. It will be one of 150+ devices that we will track in our new DATAportl service, which is due to launch at the start of 2024. The handheld gaming […]

PS5 is fully stocked for first time and on track for record sales this year

By Peter Cooney | October 27, 2023

Sony is confident that the supply chain issues it has had with the PS5 are now solved and it expects to sell 25 million units in 2023, driven by strong sales in the holiday period. This is excellent news for the gaming industry, however, the current malaise in consumer spending and coming into a holiday […]

Samsung Partners With SoundHound and White Castle to Revolutionize Voice AI Drive-Thrus With Next-Gen Display Technology

By Peter Cooney | October 6, 2023

In order to increase sales and give customers “personalized, easy-to-navigate experiences”, SoundHound has partnered with Samsung to offer voice AI drive-thru boards. As a result of removing the human element of food ordering, the press release boasts “orders processed in just under 60 seconds, and 90 percent order completion rates that exceed previous staff-based benchmarks”.It […]

Qualcomm Releases the 2023 State of Sound Report

By Peter Cooney | October 5, 2023

SAR Insight again assisted Qualcomm in the creation of its annual consumer survey – The State of Sound report. This year the audience was extended, to include South Korea and to cover the use of devices in the workplace, for gaming and hearing enhancement. There are lots of interesting results to explore for anyone working […]

Meta’s New Quest 3 is Here

By Lachlan Cooney | October 3, 2023

Meta’s new Quest 3 has landed and it’s currently available for pre-order. It’s set to release on the 10th of October for $499, $200 more than the Quest 2, but is it worth the substantial price increase? The most significant upgrade in the Quest 3 is its new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 CPU by Qualcomm. This […]

Sennheiser’s latest headphones

By Joe Murray | September 28, 2023

Sennheiser has recently released what can be essentially viewed as a budget option for their MOMENTUM series. The new ACCENTUM wireless headphones are retailing for $150 less than the MOMENTUMs at $159.99 and are offering nearly identical features such hybrid ANC (just not adaptive like the MOMENTUM series), and fast charging. SAR Currently estimates that […]

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