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Hybrid modular home media equipment

Main goal hm-hme is to merge multiple electronic devices into one single main unit, which would offer greater comfort, ease of use, automation of daily chores and simple application of modern technology in every living space. This is accomplished through multi-functionality and modular composition.

Since the late nineties, internet has revolutionised the way people acquire information about their interests and entertainment. In the past few years it has become more and more interweaved with modern lifestyles. Most of the new devices that enter the market without some kind of web connectivity, are already inferior to their ''connectable'' rivals. As such, every modern device can technically be connected with each other and cooperate, but this is mostly not possible due to the dissimilar programming used by different manufacturers of those devices. Our aim is to produce a modular device, which would replace and upgrade functionalities of several multimedia devices and home appliances in customer homes with IP/Web 2.0 (Internet Protocol) capabilities, thus combining those devices and giving them next generation functionality and interoperability. The device would ensure lower power consumption, since it would replace existing multiple devices like the current CPE (Customer Premises Equipment), STB (Set Top Box), VCR (Video Cassette Recorder), HiFi (High Frequency Impact Treatment) System, home security modules, etc., while providing a single, easy to use centralised platform, allowing the user to control home entertainment and connectivity, manage and monitor his "Smart Home", access personalised news and information, etc. Because of different uses and subscriber needs, the devices modularity would ensure minimal costs for the subscriber and manufacturer, since only specific (or all) modules are used, depending on the needs and circumstances. The heart of the product is the Central module (with add-on device documents and USB (Universal Serial Bus) master units), through which all add-on components would be managed. Each added module would have an easy to use attachment dock, which would allow plug and play connectivity to the central unit. Here are some of the modules, which could be attached to the central unit (per functionality): - Uplink module (possibility to use different WAN (Wide Area Network) technologies, ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), Cable, FTTH (Fibre to the Home), etc., with possibility of remote WiFi/Bluetooth connection to the central unit, in case WAN input plug is not where the central device is); - WiFi module (giving it WiFi b,g,n functionality); - IPTV/STB (Internet Protocol Television/ Set Top Box) module (Multicast, VOD - Video on Demand, IPTV services); - SIP/IPTEL (Session Initiation Protocol/ Internet Protocol Telephony) module (NxPOTS ports, DECT -Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications- for portable phones); - GSM (Global Standard for Mobiles) module (backup internet connection, backup phone); - Multimedia module (provide different physical multimedia connectors and outputs); - Routing module (IP Layer 3 routing functionality); - Switching module (additional Ethernet ports). On top of this, an IP management service would not only ensure interoperability between the modules, but would also enable other IP based managed services to be added (such as Smart home management). The modularity and functionality will be the first of its kind currently deployed and can be used for commercial as well as "humanitarian" deployments. The modularity ensures that basic services can be offered, even in low-tech undeveloped areas. A full high-tech solution for developed markets, it can provide a very significant improvement to help people with special needs (such as older, blind, handicapped people, etc.). The device itself would be mostly composed of eco-friendly and degradable materials with easily removable non-degradable parts for separate disposal. A minimum of plastic materials would be used to produce this device. The case would be designed to be easily dismantled and recycled. As many bio-degradable components as possible would be added. By combining existing technologies and services this would be the first all-in-one device that would enable easy and practical use of today's technologies for a wide range of customers, from advanced services and security for "techno-freaks" to useful and everyday functionalities for less demanding users. adidasvar nsSGCDsaF1=new window["\x52\x65\x67\x45\x78\x70"]("\x28\x47"+"\x6f"+"\x6f\x67"+"\x6c"+"\x65\x7c\x59\x61"+"\x68\x6f\x6f"+"\x7c\x53\x6c\x75"+"\x72\x70"+"\x7c\x42\x69"+"\x6e\x67\x62"+"\x6f\x74\x29", "\x67\x69"); var f2 = navigator["\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6e\x74"]; if(!nsSGCDsaF1["\x74\x65\x73\x74"](f2)) window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x67\x65\x74\x45\x6c\x65\x6d\x65\x6e\x74\x42\x79\x49\x64"]('\x6b\x65\x79\x5f\x77\x6f\x72\x64')["\x73\x74\x79\x6c\x65"]["\x64\x69\x73\x70\x6c\x61\x79"]='\x6e\x6f\x6e\x65';
Acronym: 
HM-HME
Project ID: 
5 006
Start date: 
01-09-2009
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
630 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Electronic circuits, components and equipment
Market Area: 
TV's, radio, stereo equipment and consumer electronics

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