Sun and Whirlpool Corporation will collaborate on the development
of a home networking architecture for Whirlpool's Networked Home Solutions
that will feature a new generation of home products and services using
broadband connectivity and Sun's consumer technologies.
Prototypes of an Internet connected refrigerator using open technology
were displayed at CES in Sun's .com Home. The networked refrigerator
includes a portable handheld device with a home base on the door. The new
device allows consumers to remotely monitor and control the networked
appliances and to access a host of other Internet-based products and
services for the home. This prototype is just the first of a complete
line of products that Whirlpool has under development.
This announcement strongly supports Whirlpool's global business
strategy providing innovative branded solutions to consumers for
the activities in and around the home. As a part of that strategy,
this relationship underscores Whirlpool's efforts to accelerate the
deployment of Internet-enabled products and services outfitted with
Sun will provide architecture and engineering support for the e-enabled
Whirlpool products and services, as well as business development support
by referring potential partners and future distribution opportunities
to Whirlpool. In addition, Whirlpool will aggressively market the
advantages of using sophisticated Java and Jini technologies to drive
networked home communication.
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