"RegzaAppsConnect" for Realization of REGZA WORLD
"RegzaAppsConnect" Linking Personal Television Viewing and Social Networks
"RegzaAppsConnect" Offering New Television Viewing Style
Additional services for audiovisual (AV) appliances such as TVs and recorders are conventionally installed in the products themselves. However, interfacing with increasing volumes of information using a remote controller equipped with only up/down, left/right, and enter keys makes operation difficult, placing a burden on users and lowering the frequency of usage.
As a solution to this issue, Toshiba is engaged in the development of applications (apps) for mobile terminals such as smartphones and tablets with a touch panel allowing easy operation for users, which make it possible to organically connect AV appliances and cloud services. We are embarking on a new approach called "RegzaAppsConnect," aimed at achieving significant value to users, service providers, and device manufacturers. With these RegzaAppsConnect apps and related products, we will create and deploy the "REGZA WORLD."
Applications Realizing "RegzaAppsConnect"
With the wide dissemination of cloud computing services using smartphones and tablets, applications (apps) for audiovisual (AV) appliances are now a focus of rising expectations.
Toshiba has been devoting continuous efforts to the development of TVs and recorders equipped with network connectivity. We are now providing free apps that can allow our recorders to be controlled from smartphones, tablets, and PCs utilizing the Net-de-Navi function installed in our recorders. With the aim of expanding services focusing on the "taglist share" service for the sharing of information among users regarding favorite scenes in recorded contents, we are now developing apps such as "RZ Tagler" and others corresponding to various operating system platforms ahead of our competitors.
RZ Player, RZ Live, and RZ Porter Applications Evolving Tablets toward Smart Televisions
Toshiba has developed the "RZ Tagler" application running on mobile terminals such as smartphones and tablets, which makes it possible for such devices to control TVs and DVD recorders as a remote controller. Furthermore, in order to watch contents recorded by TVs and DVD recorders on these mobile terminals, we have developed the "RZ Player," "RZ Live," and "RZ Porter" applications. These applications allow users not only to watch recorded contents and live broadcasts of TVs and DVD recorders on mobile terminals, but also to share information about their favorite scenes in contents with other users by means of cooperative operation with cloud servers and a social networking service (SNS). Mobile terminals are expected to become smart TVs through the use of these applications.
Technologies for Realization of "REGZA-LINK Share" Video Server Function for Audiovisual Devices
TACHIKAWA Takayuki / YAMANASHI Naoki / SAIJO Hitoshi
REGZA is Toshiba's unified brand name for audiovisual (AV) appliances including liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, hard disk drive (HDD) and Blu-rayTM recorders, mobile terminals, and PCs. We are making efforts to disseminate the REGZA lineup through the collaboration of technologies for linkage with these devices and cloud services. In 2011, we developed the REGZA Server integrated technologies for TVs and recorders equipped with the "time-shift machine" that can simultaneously record up to six terrestrial digital channels over a period of 15 days. We have also developed and released "REGZA-LINK Share," a new function that can connect TVs, recorders, and mobile terminals such as REGZA Phones, REGZA tablets, and so on for the distribution and retrieval of video contents. REGZA-LINK Share eliminates restrictions of time and place by allowing users to share video contents across multiple devices and access them at their leisure.
Network Technologies of "RegzaAppsConnect" for REGZA Tablet AT700
OHASHI Shikyo / OJIMA Masahiko / OHASHI Jun
The advent of mobile terminals such as smartphones and tablets with touch screen interfaces in recent years has made it possible for users to access information and video and music contents via the Internet more easily than ever before.
With this as a background, Toshiba has released the REGZA Tablet AT700 that is only 535 g in weight and 7.7 mm in thickness. The AT700 has a 10.1-inch high-resolution liquid crystal display (LCD) that can reproduce high-definition (HD) contents with clear and vivid colors. It supports home network functions that enable users to not only enjoy streaming live and recorded contents anywhere in the home, but also to carry downloaded and recorded contents outdoors in cooperation with REGZA TVs and REGZA Blu-rayTM recorders.
Software Platform for IP Remote Controllers to Operate Home Appliances
OHMORI Yoshihiro / HIGUCHI Yasukazu / KIKUCHI Masaaki
Internet Protocol (IP) remote controllers have been attracting attention as a tool for controlling home appliances using mobile terminals such as smartphones and tablets via the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) network, taking advantage of their graphical and interactive user interface. Due to the differences in software architecture of individual devices, however, the high cost of implanting programs for IP remote controllers on various home appliances is a serious issue hindering their dissemination.
As a solution to this issue, Toshiba has developed a common software platform for IP remote controllers that allows IP remote control functions to be easily embedded into home electrical appliances with different software architectures. This software platform facilitates speedy software development and the addition of new functions by defining a common architecture between the interface and control function modules. We have applied this platform to the development of the RegzaAppsConnect service to support remote control and cloud services using IP remote controllers.