Audio and video wireless applications are proliferating across market segments, but are being singled out as a key high growth market segment, as the high throughput requirements for these applications can only be delivered through Wi-Fi in the local area networks. The requirements vary significantly between applications. For example, while low latency video is critical in applications such as endoscopy or car backup cameras, more latency is acceptable for applications like a video doorbell.
Secure Home, Secure Driving
From home security cameras, to baby monitors and video doorbells, audio/video-based IoT products help families manage the security and safety of their households. GainSpan modules are also being used in the aftermarket for backup cameras in vehicles or car drive recorders.
The market for battery-operated action cameras and consumer drones is expanding rapidly and Wi-Fi is being used for camera/ drone control or video streaming and recording of important personal events. The commercial drone market will take shape around applications in a handful of industries to improve resource utilization and productivity: aerial photography for agriculture, environmental surveillance, energy, utilities, mining, construction, real estate, as well as in news media, and film production.
Wi-Fi is being used more and more for music streaming applications in devices such as wireless speakers, headsets, sound bars and walkie talkies.
Help is On the Way
An emerging set of devices and toys , such as the Amazon Echo, a voice-activated personal assistant, or Mattel's talking Barbie are using Wi-Fi for sending or receiving voice commands/ answers to the cloud.