The American public’s increasing concern about the safety of the nation’s public intercom systems, which transmit voice and video over the air, is the latest indication that consumers are increasingly demanding the ability to control the audio of their conversations.
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 60 percent of Americans favor a ban on the sale of intercom devices in the U.S. That number has jumped to 71 percent since December of 2015, when a federal judge ruled that an Oregon company, Meijer, had failed to provide adequate safety information to consumers about the effectiveness of its “smart phone” device.
In October, Meixis, which made the iPhone-sized device, was ordered to cease selling the devices to anyone who bought them online without a phone order, but the case is currently before a federal appeals court.
While the appeals court is currently reviewing the case, Meilixis is appealing the judge’s order, saying that the judge was mistaken to impose the requirement.
If the case ends up before the appeals panel, the court may determine that Meixs appeal is meritless.
If that occurs, the case could be consolidated with Meijers appeal.
The company says that it is confident that Meijerm’s technology will work and that consumers will be able to use it safely, but it’s also not clear if consumers will like the price tag that the technology offers for consumers who purchase a single phone.
The American Consumer Satisfaction Index, an independent consumer research organization, says that Meiluxis has been able to sell a phone for $200 to $300, but that it can’t sell the phone at a comparable price to a consumer who is buying multiple phones.
If consumers are able to buy a phone that costs $300 more than the $200 price, it will have a positive impact on overall sales, the index said.
Meix’s CEO, David Lohse, told the Los Angeles Times in March that Mejins ability to deliver the phone with low latency could help reduce the frequency of people calling the phone from the other end of the line.
Lohsen said that Meis ability to provide the phone on-demand could be useful for consumers, but he also said that the phone will not be ready to go to market until 2019.
“We are still in the infancy of this technology,” Lohss said at the time.
“This technology is still in development.
There’s no telling what the market will look like for us.”