At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Sun unveiled the .com Home which
introduces consumers to a broad range of innovative everyday appliances,
products, technologies and services using Java and Jini technologies
that are expected to revolutionize the way that people work and play.
The .com Home exhibit demonstrates Internet-enabled solutions using
Sun's technologies from leading industry partners and manufacturers in
the wireless, interactive television and home gateway markets.
Sun's .com Home demonstrates how dozens of different consumer appliances
and services can interact seamlessly into a smart home network, offering
a high level of consumer convenience.
Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems,
delivered a keynote address at CES discussing how open, network
technologies, such as Sun's, are making the service-driven network and
the .com Home a reality for consumers. You can view a web cast of this
talk on Sun's web site at: http://www.sun.com/webcast/ces2000/
Making the .com Home a Reality
Sun's .com Home demonstration was created largely in conjunction with
GTE and Cisco Systems as part of an overall initiative to create a
"Connected Family" environment. The exhibit highlights networked
products and services in a kitchen, interactive entertainment center,
home control and security system and office setup.
Industry partners including Bosch Siemens, GTE, Cisco, Oracle, Echelon,
Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Sears, Whirlpool and others are utilizing Sun's
open consumer technologies to design and develop products and services.
These innovative new products and prototypes leverage Sun's Java and Jini
technologies and are designed to take advantage of consumer and business
services being dynamically downloaded from the Internet. Products that
were once standalone now not only have the ability to work together,
but also the ability to leverage new features that manufacturers can
provide after the product is purchased -- providing new capabilities
that benefit the consumer.
The growing interactive television market is clearly an area where content
developers are looking for a reliable software platform upon which to
build the next generation of interactive television services, such as
Electronic Programming Guide, Video-on-Demand and Enhanced Broadcasting.
The Java platform, along with the Java TV application programming
interface (API), provides an ideal development and deployment platform
for emerging interactive services for content developers.
The development of consumer products and services using Java and Jini
technologies has increased as Sun's consumer technologies have been
embraced as a standard for a wide range of devices across multiple
industries. Java technology's open, cross-platform capabilities appeal
to device manufacturers and service providers, allowing them to develop
and deploy products for consumers rapidly and cost-effectively. Several
industry and standards groups including Home Audio/Video Interoperability
(HAVi), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Digital Video
Broadcasting (DVB) and the Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi )
have adopted the Java platform into their development specifications.
Additionally, more than a dozen wireless industry manufacturers and
service providers have joined together to develop and define an open
standard for wireless devices using Sun's Java platform.
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