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  • why_me_so why_me_so Jan 23, 2000 9:55 AM Flag

    CENTRAL GATEWAY FOR HOME

    TI-VO , CD/DVD PLAYER RECODING AND TRANSFERE,
    AOLTV, MSFSTTV , BLEUTOOTH ,BROADBAND INTERNET , MP3
    STOREAGE TRANSFERE . VOICE OPERATED , FINGERPRINT ID ,
    WIRELESS IP TELEPHONY , ETC ETC ETC HOME NETWORJKING
    SYSTEM..
    :
    ALL THESE FEATURES IN ONE
    MACHINE!!!!!

    http://www.eet.com/story/OEG19991217S0073
    LOS ANGELES � To demonstrate its technology
    prowess and devotion
    to residential gateway
    development, Philips came to the Western
    Show this week
    and quietly showed off an advanced home server

    system. Behind closed curtains, Philips revealed the
    "central gateway"
    system to a handful of select U.S.
    customers and cable operators.

    The feature-rich
    prototype, developed under a project code-named

    "Rooster," runs on two TriMedia processors. It sports three
    TV tuners
    to watch, send and record video. It
    has connections to the Internet,
    wireless IP
    telephony, and full infrared and Bluetooth-based home

    networking systems.

    The server, with 16 Mbytes of
    RAM, a DVD player/recorder, CD
    recorder and a
    27-gigabytes hard-disk drive, can be operated by
    voice. A
    fingerprint recognition system embedded in its small
    touch
    screen-based remote control unit communicates the
    fingerprint
    information to the home server, which then can
    identify the user.
    Presumably, that information would
    enable the server to offer a
    so-called
    "profiled-based service" by sorting out the user's preferred

    music and video selections to make navigation easier.


    "This is to give an idea to service operators
    what a central gateway
    system can do for our
    home," said Greg Pine, senior technology
    strategist
    at Philips Digital Networks (Eindhoven,
    Netherlands).

    The central gateway system is still only
    a concept, said Pine. But the
    integration of a
    broadband receiver, a home network system and a
    variety
    of storage systems in one large shiny box is
    attractive to
    system vendors and service operators, if
    they're eyeing average
    consumers, he said.


    Multifaceted platform

    In the Dutch giant's live
    demonstration, the central gateway system
    let a consumer use
    wireless IP telephony as well as watch, record and

    playback video programs. The system allowed another user
    in a
    separate room to wirelessly download an MP3
    file through a
    Bluetooth-based RF home network,
    offering 720-kilobit/second pay
    load. The system let
    the user not only listen to the music, but to

    remotely record it on the gateway system's CD recorder in
    a separate
    room. While listening to the MP3
    music file, the user was allowed to
    simultaneously
    surf the Web on a wireless tablet-based computer

    cradled on his lap.

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    • cool, slick, and of course it's from the
      inventive genius of the creator of all that is
      great...PHILIPS.......alas, it's notasony, nor a PlayStation....the TriMedia
      chips from Philips Semiconductors are amazing...they
      will be running everything in the future, but you will
      still need electricity to run it all, that is why Fuel
      Cells are as hot as all the communication, digital
      stuff...checkout www.plugpower.com....GE is involved, it's good

 
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