Tech savvy consumers the focus for Internet appliances

The number of consumers with Internet access, the type of access they have, and the prices they pay are significant factors in the future adoption of Internet access devices according to Cahners In-Stat Group. Internet access devices are defined as anything that connects directly to the Internet and consumers these days are offered many choices, ranging from PCs and laptops, to Web phones, and Internet appliances. As the number of Internet appliances on offer grows, there is an increased need to define the market. Even consumers have trouble defining these types of products. In-Stat's survey of more than 1000 consumers, found that respondents have varying opinions about what constitutes an Internet appliance and which type they may be interested in purchasing.

Respondents' current ownership of consumer electronic devices is also a key to determining their interest in Internet appliances, the surveys found. In addition, the continued growth in the number of products in this space has been driven by the increase in those households with broadband access and home networks.

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