New handheld universal remote control concept offers a color screen, 802.11g WiFi and full internet connectivity.
tvCompass, the company best known as the behind-the-scenes designer of the “Wi-Fi Remote”, released most notably by Acoustic Research as the AARU449, have revealed a prototype industrial design for their next innovative product at CES 2008. It’s called the Wi-Fi Digital Media Remote, model SR1500. Check out the rather extensive features list:
- Home theater control of more than 24 devices
- Learning remote with activities, macros & other programmable features
- Wireless provisioning of home theater equipment and new equipment codes
- Location-free setup of equipment, no PC required
- Simple device, activity and macro setup
- Hot keys access to real-time Internet information services
- EPG application for off-line access to TV listings – create a personalized guide
- xHTML microbrowser with RSS client
- WAP mobile browser
- Cross-platform 3rd party content authoring environment: WAP, Compact Framework, RSS/XML, J2ME (optional), Flash (optional)
- DRM support for applications and content
- PayPal micropayment transaction client
- Ad insertion capability with publishing console
- Wireless update of new features, content, client software and firmware
- Server backup of user programmed device settings via wireless
- Patented TV broadcast sync technology provides “second screen” link
- Vibrant 2.2” QVGA color LCD display
- 802.11 b/g wireless access with WiFi network locator
- Motion sensor
- Light sensor adjusts LCD to room brightness
- Speaker to hear alerts & play back digital audio
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with charging cradle
- USB interface for power
- Advanced Microsoft operating software
At this point the Digital Media Remote is essentially a concept – and as mentioned it won’t be manufactured directly by tvCompass; instead they will locate a partner (or partners) who will eventually release the product under their own brand. So, for now, count this as an early preview of someone’s
Check out the press releases below:
tvCompass Previews New Industrial Design at CES ‘08
New Packaging Combines Functionality and Form for the Home Entertainment Device User
LAS VEGAS, NV - January 7, 2008 – tvCompass Inc., an original design manufacturer of WiFi
handheld solutions for home entertainment users today previewed its advanced industrial design and hardware
platform solution – the Digital Media Remote (DMR) – at the 2008 International CES. Leveraging
technology and solutions offered by mobile smart phones and wireless email solutions, the tvCompass
DMR combines a vibrant color LCD display and WiFi Internet connectivity. The new DMR platform has
been designed to enable original design manufacturers (OEM) partners to quickly and economically enter
the market with a competitive offering.
Developed using patented technology, the Digital Media Remote provides access to wireless content
and services, plus control of traditional TV and digital home electronics. “The use of hardware
platforming provides a modular approach to industrial design: the display, keyboard/keypad and mother
board are completely interchangeable, allowing for the customization of display size, keyboard entry
and overall design – from “candybar” to tablet to QWERTY keyboard form factors”, said Jim
Grotelueschen, Vice President of Product Strategy at tvCompass Inc.
To accelerate the adoption of wireless interactive entertainment for the broadband home, tvCompass
offers a solution enabling partnering companies to create their own complete digital media infrastructure
– from content to player - that works without a PC connection. The solution includes a revenue model
based on free and premium content, and provides revenue share participation with both content and
distribution partners establishing a post-sale annuity revenue stream and new entertainment systems.
“Our goal is to get partners into the market fast and expand their product offerings with new
content and services delivered by our click365 network”, commented Jim Grotelueschen. “This
ultimately results in new revenue streams and market expansion.”
tvCompass is scheduled to unveil the first in a series of new product designs at the International CES
2008 show in Las Vegas. The upcoming product is a network-connected Digital Media Remote (DMR) for
early adopters and those who want news, weather, and sports at their fingertips in the living room.
For additional information about tvCompass and the Digital Media Remote, call +1-866-481-0699 or visit
tvCompass to Include WinWAP Browser in Digital Media Remote Products
Internet Browsing Capabilities Extend Content Services Capabilities
Helsinki, Finland and CHICAGO, IL, USA – January 4th 2008 - Winwap Technologies, specialists
in Mobile Internet browsing and MMS Messaging, and tvCompass Inc., creator of the click365sm
Interactive Wireless Network, today announced that tvCompass will include the WinWAP browser
in their Wi-Fi Digital Media Remote (DMR) products for enhanced browsing capabilities and
content access. The combination of the WinWAP browser and the click365 platform lets users
browse mobile and Internet websites for information lookup, access to sports, news and
information. In addition, tvCompass’ DMR products manage and control digital media devices in
the broadband connected home, such as home theater TV, set top box and IP equipment.
"We see this as a great example of how to maximize value and usability of networked devices,"
says Mikael Krogius, CEO of Winwap Technologies. "We are very excited to expand the range of
products using our software from phone and PDA type devices to the tvCompass Digital Media
Remote designed for the digital home theater consumer. This breakthrough strategy now
enables Winwap to expand into the connected home market in partnership with tvCompass.
It shows the enormous benefit of including a browser on any IP connected device with networking
"Adding a mobile browser to our Digital Media Remote platform was a natural way of expanding
our click365 wireless content services to include an extensive option of Internet content," says
Ravi Mazumdar, Vice President, Engineering of tvCompass Inc. "The Winwap Technologies
browser adds significant functionality to our content services and technology platform which
already includes support for interactive TV, messaging and digital media.”
tvCompass Announces click365 (sm) WiFi Content Solution
New Service Supports the Extension of a Wireless Content Platform into the Home Entertainment Market
CHICAGO, IL, January 3, 2008 - tvCompass, a provider of digital media remote products, today
announced click365(sm), a new content platform for WiFi enabled second screen devices,
targeting the broadband “connected home” user. As a content aggregator and distributor of
mobile phone type content, tvCompass supports applications and services such as an electronic
program guide (EPG) for TV listings, email and text messaging, mobile Internet and search
content, casual games, shopping, advertising and interactive TV.
tvCompass has created click365 as a cross-platform content; services and applications solution
to enable partnering companies to utilize existing content standards and application formats to
quickly move content onto the network. Examples of popular industry formats supported may
include Microsoft Compact Framework, WAP mobile (Wireless Application Protocol), RSS, Java,
Flash and web services interfaces. click365 supports both free and premium payment models for
user content using a micropayment transaction solution.
"The click365 content platform is essentially an eco-system for the delivery and monetization of
partner content, and enables digital media and Internet companies to expand their reach into the
broadband home. Our unique solution provides a simple billing model to create a revenue
generating opportunity for all partners in the value chain,” stated Edward J. Zylka, CEO of
Traditional WiFi enabled, IP connected devices are constrained by a mobile phone LCD screen
and keyboard entry system. tvCompass is launching its new service for a category of flexible
wireless “smart” advanced home theater remotes, with future opportunities to target other WiFi
product categories including dual mode mobile phones, music players and even networked TVs.
“We’re thrilled to bring Veveo into the heart of the living room with tvCompass,” said Mike Koenig,
VP Sales, Veveo. “By partnering with tvCompass, we can now give consumers a cool and easy
way to connect with the web to find, browse, share and view the content they love -- like
Wikipedia’s 9 million+ articles – right from the comfort of their sofa. This is an important step as
we fulfill our mission of bringing Veveo to consumers whenever and wherever they want it.”
Various partners in the entertainment, media, and content distribution markets such as PayPal,
Yellowbrix and Amazon, are also supported with the click365 service.
“The click365 service is an outstanding example of how to create a targeted mobile service
offering exactly what people need,” said Mikael Krogius, CEO, Winwap Technologies. “click365
offers information that people want to access when they are not in front of their PC but have a
mobile device, like a SmartRemote with WiFi connectivity and WinWAP browser, in their hands.”
For additional information about tvCompass and the click365 WiFi Content Solution, call +1-866-
481-0699 or visit www.tvcompass.com.
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