Middleware Support for Seamless Multimedia Home Entertainment for Mobile Users and Heterogeneous Environments

M. Lohse and P. Slusallek (Germany)


Distributed Multimedia Systems, Mobile Multimedia, Multimedia Home Entertainment Applications


The emergence of mobile devices in multimedia home en tertainment demands new application scenarios like ubiqui tous multimedia access. However today's home entertain ment appliances are usually based on a closed hardware and software design and do not provide the extensibility and flexibility needed. In this paper, we present a middleware that allows to control and connect distributed and mobile multime dia devices with different underlying technology. Based on this middleware we demonstrate an extensible applica tion framework for a multimedia home entertainment cen ter. This framework provides session hand off for seam less multimedia playback in heterogeneous environments where users with mobile devices can transparently exploit the capabilities of nearby stationary systems.

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