From The Sip Trunking Experts

TMCNet:  CES 2013: Sharing content from phone to TV to kitchen and beyond

[January 11, 2013]

CES 2013: Sharing content from phone to TV to kitchen and beyond

Jan 11, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- I love the idea of a smart home, one where devices talk to one another and to me (figuratively speaking) in order to offer more and better services. Judging from the demonstrations at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, it's still a work in progress, with some functions much closer to maturity than others.

The ability to connect television sets, stereos, computers and mobile devices to a home network is now a standard feature in every manufacturer's gear. What was new this year was the widespread use of near-field communication technology to make a direct connection from one device to another.

For example, Sony showed how users could take a Sony smartphone with a near-field chip, tap it to a similarly equipped remote control for a TV set, then use the TV to mirror what's on the phone's screen. The tap establishes the pairing, then the data is sent via Wi-Fi. Similarly, bumping a phone on the near-field logo of a Sony boom box or sound bar lets the phone stream music to the speaker via Bluetooth.

The same sort of phone-to-device streaming can be done with non-Sony devices and those that aren't equipped for the one-touch mirroring, as long as they comply with a common home networking standard. But the near-field chip makes the process vastly simpler.

Another example was LG, which uses near-field technology to pair smartphones with its smart appliances as well as its TV sets. Its sharing technology goes one step further than Sony's, though. Not only can phones send content to LG refrigerators and TV sets running LG's content-sharing app, but they can also draw content off the home network remotely from anywhere there's a 3G or 4G connection.

Panasonic showed a variation on the phone-to-TV theme. Dubbed Swipe & Share 2.0, it lets people copy content from their smartphones or tablets to their TV and vice versa with the swipe of a finger. That means it can be used not only to display on your TV the video you shot with your smartphone, but also to record on your tablet a program tuned in by your TV.

LG's ability to move content from a smartphone or home network to a screen on the refrigerator was interesting, but that's not the sort of functionality that will sell smart appliances. What people are looking for is connectivity that makes the appliance do its core functions better.

There was plenty of that on display as well. The ability of major appliances to send troubleshooting information through the Internet is becoming a standard feature. So too are smart energy-management features and the ability to monitor and control some key functions remotely. If you want a washer that will alert your smartphone when it's time to put the clothes in the dryer, you can have one.

What's lagging, though, are some key pieces of the connectivity puzzle that would make for a truly smart kitchen. A good example is LG's smart refrigerators, which can keep track of their contents and the expiration dates of perishable foods. That's extremely useful information; sadly, it all has to be entered into the refrigerator's touch screen by hand.

Randy Overton, a national product trainer for LG, said the next-generation refrigerator might add a barcode scanner to make the food-inventory process easier. The ultimate answer, though, would be to have food packages with RFID chips that could be registered automatically by the fridge. Overton said the food industry hasn't taken that step because there's been no demand for it. Nevertheless, LG may add that capability anyway, just as it's made its appliances compatible with Smart Grid-enabled utilities despite their scarcity. "Somebody's got to start it, and we want to be there for that," he said.

That's not to say manufacturers can't do interesting things in the meantime. If you take the trouble to tell LG's smart refrigerators what you're adding and subtracting from their contents, they can suggest menus based on the available ingredients and develop shopping lists for depleted supplies. And future models, Overton said, may have health-management software that can tailor recipe and food recommendations to the various members of a household.

Healey writes editorials for The Times. Follow him on Twitter @jcahealey ___ (c)2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To SIP Trunking Home's Homepage ]

Subscribe here for your FREE
SIP TRUNKING enewslettter.

Featured Partner

Featured Whitepapers

SIP Security for the Enterprise
Voice over IP (VoIP) is incorporated into a variety of computer networks, both public and private, and used for everyday transactions and communications among carriers, businesses, government agencies...

Making A Broadband Purchase Decision
Businesses today have many options for broadband connectivity. Clarifying your particular business needs prior to selecting a broadband provider will ensure an optimal match of broadband service to your requirements.

Voice-Optimized Network Delivers Premier Call Experience
Customers equate call quality with business quality. Real-time communication, interpersonal interaction, and the cordial tone of a call center representative can create a positive impression of your business that no email can match.

Featured Case Studies

Business Telecom Expenses Reduced 50%
A small to medium sized company in the midwest was interested in migrating to IP Communications, but in today's economy, they were hesitant to upgrade their communication system due to their perception that the cost would outweigh the benefits.

Multi-State Company Cuts Telecom Costs 50%
A multi-site, multi-state company with extensive monthly long distance fees and toll-free charges did not have adequate broadband for Broadvox SIP Trunking requirements, nor did they have a SIP enabled telephone system.

Discover Leisure Connects Remote Users to its IP-PBX
Discover Leisure is one of the largest resellers of caravans and motor homes in the UK. With 15 branch of?ces all over the country, the company spent a great deal of money every month just on internal phone calls.

Featured eBOOKS

Internet+: The Way Toward Global Unified Communication
Connecting the telephony of the enterprise PBX or Unified Communications (UC) system using SIP trunks instead of conventional telephone lines has been very successful in recent years.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 2
SIP trunking is becoming more of a focus for service providers. One key issue many service providers face when deploying SIP trunks is NAT, or Network Address Translation, traversal.

What is SIP Trunking? Edition 1
A vast resource for information about all things SIP - including SIP, security, VoIP, SIP trunking and Unified Communications.

Featured Videos

Broadvox VAR Testimonial VAR 1:
Part 1 of the VAR (Value Added Reseller) Partner Program Testimonials for Broadvox...

E-SBCs AS The Demarcation Point:
Ingate's Steve Johnson talks to Erik Linask about the role session border controller plays as the demarcation point at...

Demystifying DPI
How can deep packet inspection protect your SIP traffic as well as your entire network?

Featured Resources

Partner Program Overview:
Over 4,000 VARs, Master Agents, Solution Providers, and Independent IT Professionals trust Broadvox. We offer customized services and solutions to fit seamlessly into any company's business model. And when you partner with Broadvox, every member of our team stands behind you and your customers 100%...

SIP Trunk UC Summit

What's New

Presenting the New Ingate/Intertex Website:
Internet+ is an extended Internet access allowing high quality SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based real-time person-to-person communication, everywhere and for any application. It applies to both fixed and mobile networks ...

Featured Blogs

Featured Webinars

Secure SIP Trunking:
What You Need to Know

Successfully Deploying Enterprise SIP Trunking:
Tools and Techniques for Overcoming Common Roadblocks

Featured Podcasts

Getting the Most Out of Your SIP Trunks:
Ingate's Steve Johnson and TMC's Erik Linask discuss how best practices forgetting the most out of SIP Trunking services and common pitfalls to avoid.

Featured Datasheets

Ingate SIParator E-SBCs
Adopting SIP is a simple process with the Ingate SIParator, the secure enterprise session border controller (E-SBC). The SIParator makes secure SIP communications - including VoIP,SIP trunking and more - possible while working seamlessly with your existing network firewall.

Ingate Firewalls
Everyone is talking about enterprise usage of VoIP, instant messaging and other types of realtime communications including presence and conferencing.

SIP Trunk Solutions for Service Providers
The award-winning Ingate Firewall and Ingate SIParator deliver a high quality, reliable SIP trunk connection between the customer's IP-PBX and the service provider network, and solve interoperability issues to simplify deployments and support for remote diagnosis of reported issues.