Orb networks, a digital media streaming solution company has introduced two software solutions as the answer to the limited storage on portable devices and the limited amount of internet content they can access. Both solutions, the Orb Live for iPad tablet computers and Android phones and MyCast version 2.57 for PCs and Apple Macs, allow you to access stored media on your computer or live streaming content.
PacketVideo this week released TwonkyServer 6.0 and TwonkyServer 2.0 Two of the main softwares that form its Twonky connected home suite. They are the industry’s most popular connected home solutions with more than 3 million installations. The new versions offer more flexibility, interchangeable user interface and a faster scanning engine and well as some industry’s first.
Bluetooth has upgraded it’s BTW (Bluetooth for Windows) to version 6.4. This new version it to facilitate better interaction between Bluetooth devices – that are based on the windows operating system, and to help drive more advance Bluetooth functionality into a wider collection of consumer connectivity applications. Included in BTW 6.4 are two new profiles that extend Bluetooth enabled devices to communicate with other devices.
The WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) Consortium has promise an update to the WHDI standard; to add 3D streaming and support for all of the 3D formats supported by the wired HDMI 1.4a standard. The updated version will make it possible to stream 3D video around the home. Also to follow is a full upgrade of the standard to make it possible to stream HD and 3D content to and from low powered devices.
MIPS and SysDSoft have announced that they have made a break through using Android technology. SysDSoft a supplier of mobile WiMAX and LTE embedded software solution for 4G has collaborated with MIPS to develop the industry’s first LTE protocol stack ported to the Android platform. A break through which see MIPS move closer to becoming major player in Android and 4G solutions.
Acer has solidified its intention to join the connected home market with the launched of LumiRead an eReader and Clear.fi, a content sharing solution. I have not seen much yet on how Acer plans to combine the products as a solution for the connected home. So far most of the information that I have seen is about the LumiRead. According to Acer Clear.fi is a solution that enables devices to talk to each other simplifying the process of sharing content and will put the human element above the technology.
The BCM4331 chip is the newest member of the Broadcom Intesi-fi range to offer consumer a better wireless multimedia experience. The new single-chip solution achieves up to 450Mbps data rates in client devices such as laptops and over 600Mbps throughput (TCP/IP) in 3x3 AP/router configurations. With Broadcom’s new Intensi-fi system-on-chip (SoC) solution HD video content can be downloaded to a notebook computer 50 percent faster than existing 802.11n 2x2 technologies.
Atheros has upgraded their XSPAN solutions to offer a better quality viewing of video over wireless. The XSPAN router solutions (AR938 and AR390) are the world’s first 3-stream 802.11n that supports reliable video over wireless and other bandwidth hungry applications. The new architecture will boost performance by 50 percent across the entire wireless link, said Atheros.
Powerline Ethernet adapters are seen as a better alternative for streaming HD content around the home, but developers of wireless devices are not put off by this and are making devices that can compete with Powerline alternative to offer the same quality viewing experience. This is where the new IOGEAR Wireless HD kit (GWAV8141K) comes in. It was designed IOGEAR to create a seamless Full 1080p HD solution for all digital home entertainment centers.
HomeGrid Forum, today announced the formation of a Clean Tech Working Group to support technology innovations in next-generation home networking products. So far seven organisations have joined (University of British Columbia, Offsetters Clean Technologies, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Future Shop (Best Buy Canada), BC Hydro, Corinex Communications Corporation and BC Hydro). The working group will be chaired by Corinex.