The Internet of Things was a big hit on holiday wish lists according to a recent Harris Poll survey conducted by myDevices.
MyDevices recently conducted a survey gauging Americans’ attitudes toward IoT and connected technologies, along with their perceptions of how connected our presidential candidates are, and found that more than half of Americans (51 percent) currently have some smart devices connected in their homes, especially smart TVs:
- Television – 35%
- Streaming media player – 23%
- Wearable fitness tracker – 10%
- Home security systems – 10%
- Smoke detectors – 8%
Unsurprisingly, more millennials report they own connected devices than Americans in other age groups: 65 percent of millennials say they already own smart devices.
IoT gifts are also hot this holiday season -- 61 percent of US adults say they would like to receive some connected technology, with smart TVs, streaming media players and smartwatches topping the list:
- Smart TV – 30%
- Streaming media player – 19%
- Smartwatch – 18%
- Wearable fitness tracker – 15%
- Smart home thermostat – 13%
Interest in receiving IoT gifts for the holidays was highest among younger Americans and steadily declined as the age of the respondents increased: 80 percent of millennials hope to be gifted IoT products this holiday season but only 41 percent of senior citizens.
Among those who have seen the Star Wars movies, more than three quarters (78 percent) would like to have technology from the series, with 32 percent saying they’d like a hover bike and 31 percent saying they’d like a lightsaber.
In terms of most popular Star Wars tech, Americans who have seen the films agreed that hover bikes are the most covetable, followed by lightsabers and landspeeders:
- Hover bike – 32%
- Light saber – 31%
- Landspeeder – 26%
- Hologram messages – 24%
- Droid – 23%
The survey also confirmed something we’ve all known for a long time: in the US, convenience is king. More than four out of five US adults would like to automate some aspect of their daily lives. House cleaning tops the wish list (especially among women), followed by yard maintenance and the commute to work.
- Housecleaning – 56%
- Commute/Yard Maintenance – 34%
- Home utility management – 27%
- Exercising – 22%
- Brewing morning coffee – 19%
Seven percent of Americans even said they would like to automate sex with their spouse/partner.
As for politics, Donald Trump slightly edged out Hillary Clinton as America’s next “Technology President.” One might think that Republican candidate Carly Fiorina would top the list since she is a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, but she tied for third place with Dr. Ben Carson. Of the current candidates, prolific tweeter Republican Trump is the front-runner Americans think most understands and supports technology while email-challenged Democratic candidate Clinton came in a close second place.
- Donald Trump – 18%
- Hillary Clinton – 17%
- Carly Fiorina – 12%
- Dr. Ben Carson – 12%
- Marco Rubio – 11%
Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were tied at just 4 percent of the total vote.
--Kevin Bromber is CEO of myDevices, a connected device and IoT platform company.