International CES, Las Vegas, Nev., January 6, 2009 – Home Jinni, a company addressing the usability challenges of Connected Homes and providing white label solutions for end user programming and control of the digital home, today unveiled ConnecTV™, the world's first Social Entertainment Platform and Media Center for Android™-based embedded systems. ConnecTV enables consumer electronic OEMs to offer consumers the ability to stream Internet TV and online content directly to Blu-Ray™ players and Digital TV sets, without the need of PCs, media adaptors or OTT set-top boxes. As a Social Media Center, ConnecTV provides the most advanced content aggregation and search engine for Internet TV with the potential to bring content from thousands of sources to TV sets. ConnecTV's streaming and content discovery technology extends to media in a DLNA™ home area network. ConnecTV's content aggregation includes integration with the most popular social networks for social recommendations and Smart Browsing. More than a new digital home entertainment hub; at its core, ConnecTV is a flexible and open application framework that completes Android as the operating system most suitable for home and consumer electronic devices.
ConnecTV will be demonstrated during International CES. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Availability ConnecTV is available now from Home Jinni. To learn more about how you can integrate ConnecTV in your MIPS-Based digital home platform, visit http://www.homejinni.com.
About Home Jinni Inc. Home Jinni Inc. is a company addressing the usability challenges of the Connected Home and providing white label solutions for end user programming and control of the digital home. Its solutions include an Android application framework for building UPnP, DLNA and DPWS home area network applications and an Android framework for integrating consumer electronics with IMS and Open IPTV networks. http://www.homejinni.com
About MIPS Technologies, Inc. MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPS) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores that power some of the world's most popular products for the home entertainment, communications, networking and portable multimedia markets. These include broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices from Sony, DVD recordable devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000 or visit www.mips.com.
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Seems like our inaugural Smart Grid Summit was just yesterday, but we're already in planning mode for the sequel, which takes place in Miami, January 20-22, 2010.
I've been remiss about getting the word out for speakers here, so I'm telling you right now that we do have a Call for Papers out there, and you're welcome to submit ideas for presentations or topics. For basic guidance, here's a range of topics we're thinking about:
- Industry Standards and Interoperability - Emerging Smart Home Applications - Demand Response - Home Energy Management - Utility Success Stories - Grid Security, Privacy and Resilience - Regulatory Issues - Wireless Broadband Opportunities in the Smart Home - Wireless/WiMAX Opportunities for Utilities - Smart Grid Startup Showcase - VC/Investor Perspectives - Emerging Business Models for Utilities - Monetizing the Grid - VC/Investor Perspectives - Emerging Business Models for Utilities - The Green Grid - The Clean Grid - Best Practices ? Global Perspectives - What Utilities Can Learn from Telcos - What Utilities Can Learn from Software Providers - Broadband Stimulus Strategies - Smart Grid Crystal Ball Outlook - Smart Grid Startup Showcase - A Smart Grid for Distributed Generation - Electric Cars and the Grid - Energy Storage and the Grid - Social Networking and Energy Awareness
We won't be able to do all of these, but at least you'll get an idea of what we have in mind. You can access the basic submission form and more details here and by all means, drop me a line if you have any questions.
To share some news; after some brain storming and back channel discussions with some really far sighted people who are architecting what will be considered one of the major communications infrastructures of the past 200 years, it became clear to both Jon Arnold and I that it's not only time but, in fact, crucial for a meeting of the minds between key thought leaders from the energy, communications and IT industries. We are arranging a conference later this summer in Los Angeles with some truly brilliant people and hope that the visions they will share with each other will help solidify what the concept of a smart grid really entails and refine their viewpoints on the key decisions that have to be made in this space. Our focus will be conversations around grid interoperability, home energy management and home interoperability and, looking at it from the other direction, how a smart utility can change the communications industry.
Speaking for Home Jinni, we are using the same building blocks that fire the VoIP revolution to bring Unified Communications to the television. similar to the picture Shelly painted; media will be delivered as a bundle of individually controllable streams, but still act as one cohesive unit. Furthermore, these building blocks will make television an individual user experience and pervasive; the media will no longer be delivered to a fixed location, but rather the platform will deliver tailored content to the individual and any device capable of playback which the user has presence on. One last thing I would like to say about Home Jinni, in specific, is that we are not building an IPTV platform for MSOs and other incumbant carriers. Rather we are building a platform which we hope, among other things, will redefine the role of television networks and distribution models. Probably, this is one major difference between us and the mentioned competitors.
Our vision is that of a platform which enables what Shellly talks about as the “Tom Sawyer Paint The Fence Paradigm.” The SIPifcation of media, an open API for meta-data together with what we believe to be our special "secret sauce" will enable a whole new commercial ecosystem and a new definition for the media distribution chain. We hope that our platform will play it's part in democratizing television while maintaining the role and rights of the "higher links" and enabling a whole new class of Internet based service providers who will be competitive with traditional television service operators.
It seems that being excited with television and the connected home is common with many other people who come from the grass roots of open source telephony., we're seeing a big wave coming from a mile away and we just know from our experiences that this one will break into a wild ride.