Arriving early at the Smart Home this afternoon landed me a prototype Motorola USB WiMAX adaptor.I’m officially online via WiMAX now, uploading photos as quickly as I can before the official event begins.
Below: My laptop with the USB adaptor, adaptor packaging, digital frame and digital voice over WiMAX, outside shot of the Smart Home
I’m on the ground in Chicago, and tonight’s highlight event is the Motorola WiMAX tour in the Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart Home.The Smart Home is a model, eco-friendly home constructed in the museum’s backyard.Motorola’s donated several products to the high-tech, green home, and tonight will show off:
Video streaming over WiMAX
Remote home management over WiMAX
Home telephony over WiMAX
Gaming over WiMAX
Drop me a line if you’re in town for WiMAX World: marisilbey (at) comcast dot net
The timing conveniently puts us right in the lead-up to WiMAX World, which means many of the announcements coming out of that show suddenly carry greater significance.For Motorola’s part, the company has been committed to WiMAX technology all along, but Sprint’s official launch is certainly cause for a smile.While WiMAX deployments continue unabated worldwide, it’s nice to see new WiMAX networks lighting up on this side of the pond.
Important Side Note: Once consequence of going to WiMAX World is that I will miss Motorola’s Video Networks User conference also going on this week.Look for additional posts from a guest blogger in the coming days out of that San Diego event.
KDDI, a major operator in Japan, has picked up the new Motorola VIP1830 set-top.Branded the au Box, the set-top is meant to be used with KDDI’s au mobile phones.The pairing is designed to make content portable from set-top to phone – or portable media player with a USB connection – and back again.Initial services appear to focus on non-DRM content only, but there is some cool functionality:
Set-top includes a CD player and lets you rip CDs to play through the box’s integrated speakers or transfer to a mobile handset
You can upload video from a portable device, encode it on the set-top and transfer it to a mobile phone
DVD player included
Internet connectivity included for purchasing media online – it is not clear whether KDDI is making use of this immediately
With WiMAX World less than a week away, Motorola announced today a proof-of-concept device for bringing WiMAX to the automobile.It’s called the X24, and it’s designed for in-car broadband applications like automotive telemetry and, presumably, future entertainment and information features.The X24 is built on the Motorola WTM1000 WiMAX chipset and will be demoed at WiMAX World, along with the WiMAX USB adaptor, next week.
Ahead of the X24 announcement I sat down with Manash Goswami, director of business development for engine platforms, to discuss the X24 application and Motorola’s plans for the WTM1000 chipset.The idea for this chipset is to embed it in lots of different types of CE devices, some designed by Motorola, some by third-party companies.Take a listen to the quick podcast below (around 4 mins) for some of the details.More to come from WiMAX World once I get to Chicago next Tuesday.