THINKING HOMES SOFTWARE AND APPLE'S OPEN NETWORKING STANDARD ENHANCE EASE-OF-USE AND SIMPLICITY FOR CONSUMERS
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA AND LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - January 06, 2005 - OpenPeak Inc., a leading provider of software enabling control of digital content, consumer electronics and systems in the Digital Home, today announced the company's flagship Thinking Homes software interoperates with Apple's Rendezvous networking technology.
Rendezvous uses open industry standard networking protocols and zero configuration technology to automatically discover computers, devices, and services on a home network. "We have optimized our proprietary Thinking Homes software suite to fully leverage Apple software and exploit the Rendezvous standard. The result is seamless operation across home networks with a simple, wireless, unified interface for control of digital media, consumer electronics, home systems and Internet -based subscription services," said Andrew Lona, OpenPeak's Chief Marketing Officer.
"The integration of Apple's technology into our proprietary software suite further expands the current capabilities of our Thinking Homes Controller Software, Thinking Homes Embedded Media Rendering Software and Thinking Homes UPnP AV Server Software," said Lona.
Thinking Homes software, which is designed to be integrated into products by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), offers simplicity of setup and control for consumers.
"The OpenPeak concept of solutions for simple control of digital content - as well as control of all networked and legacy devices and home systems - is the essential glue to hold the Digital Home together and make it a reality for the everyday consumer," said Tricia Parks, President and Founder of Parks Associates, a leading market research firm.
"We believe OpenPeak solutions will be rapidly integrated into offerings from a variety of OEMs in order to eliminate complexity and offer a simple, enjoyable user experience to consumers. OpenPeak comes to the table with an early -player advantage," Parks added.
OpenPeak is pleased to be a part of the Apple Developer Connection and include the capabilities of Rendezvous in the company's Thinking Homes software offerings," Lona said.
In discussing OpenPeak Thinking Homes software, Paul O'Donovan, Principal Analyst at Gartner, says, "OpenPeak's solutions for interoperability across a wide range of consumer electronics technologies offer consumers and OEMs a roadmap toward the goal of the digital home. The keyword offered by OpenPeak is simplicity. As our homes absorb increasingly more sophisticated technology, being able to control this technology is becoming crucial to success in this segment. OpenPeak has incorporated the key elements of simplicity, ease -of -use and low cost in developing its offerings."
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.