OpenPeak Provides Device Control Functionality Via Linksys Wireless Access Points and Thinking Homes Software
Current Linksys WRT54GS Access Point Devices, Running Thinking Homes Software, Create Seamless, Convenient Digital Home Control System
LAS VEGAS, NV & BOCA RATON, FL -- January 6, 2005 -- OpenPeak Inc., a leading provider of software enabling control of digital content, consumer electronics and systems in the Digital Home, today announced its flagship Thinking Homes software can run on ordinary, unmodified access points from Linksys to create the foundation for a Digital Home.
“Thinking Homes control software can run on a wide range of devices, and an always-on access point is a logical place for the server to reside,” said Andrew Lona, OpenPeak’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“Using an off-the-shelf, unmodified Linksys WRT54GS model access point, we can run an OpenPeak software suite that includes the Thinking Homes server, a Rendezvous server and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server,” Lona added. All of the Linksys access point’s functionality remains in place. With this setup in the home, a consumer can use any OpenPeak-powered controller, such as WiFi remote controls, PDAs, PCs, tablet PCs or other similar device, and have full, seamless control of: consumer electronics and home systems (using WiFi-IR and WiFi-Serial bridges); media from Apple iTunes; Microsoft Media Connect; and any UPnP media server or player in the home.
In an environment using a Linksys access point, OpenPeak software brings rich, experience-based control and interoperability to the emerging Digital Home.
“As homes absorb increasingly more sophisticated technology, being able to control this technology is becoming critical to success in this segment,” said Paul O’Donovan, Principal Analyst at Gartner. “OpenPeak has incorporated the key elements of simplicity, ease-of-use and low cost in developing its offerings,” he added.
OpenPeak Inc. creates innovative software that enables a simple user interface for WiFi control of consumer electronics, digital media, computers and home systems. The company’s consumer-friendly software applications are designed for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in their products. Using devices equipped with OpenPeak’s unique interface software, consumers are able to wirelessly control and distribute digital content as well as control consumer electronics and home systems. OpenPeak also creates hardware reference designs for devices that enable the Digital Home, such as WiFi-IR and WiFi-Serial bridges. The company’s software has been licensed to Philips Consumer Electronics and other OEM partners will be announced soon. The privately held company is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Additional information about the company is available at www.openpeak.com.
OpenPeak is a member of: WiFi Alliance, UPnP Forum, Intel Developer Network for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance and Apple Developer Connection.
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