Ruwido launches app to connect smartphones to TVs

Staff writer
09 Sep 2011

Ruwido announced the launch of its ‘companion box’, a solution that connects smartphones to the television in the living room to individualize content offerings and personalize the viewing experience.

The companion box consists of both hardware and software solutions. The hardware component is able to send Infra-Red (IR) commands and to connect to the living room WLAN (or set-top box WLAN). The software comes in the form of an application for a smartphone. This software is developed in close cooperation with our customers to enhance their service offers.

In the initial version, the companion box enables users to control all their infra-red devices in the living room ranging from the DVD player, sound system and set-top box to controlling lights or a jalousie. Given that the specification is publically available devices can also be controlled via WLAN or other RF transmission systems.

The application on the smartphone provides the control mechanism for all IR-, and RF-controlled devices in the living room. It also enables the use of scenarios to support specialized usages. The party setting scenario combines a set of commands enabling the user to immediately listen to the music for a party, control the volume directly on the mobile phone and have the TV turned off.

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