intent Powers Philips iPronto to Industrie Forum Design Award

3/14/2003 - The Philips iPronto, powered by the intent multimedia platform, has been given the iF (Industrie Forum) award for Product Design at the annual CeBIT technology fair in Germany. The new iPronto combines hardware and software into a single, easy-to-manage device that offers consumers a new solution for controlling a wide range of devices in the connected home.

The lightweight and highly portable unit allows users to control home cinema components, lighting, security cameras, home networks, climate control and other IR/RF/Ethernet-based home applications. Users can easily control devices through the high-resolution touch screen LCD, combined with a customisable user interface and exterior hard buttons.

intent from the Reading-based Tao Group provides the iPronto with a combination of rich multimedia and Java capabilities. intent has advanced graphics, audio and video features, and the technology has been ratified as the standard of the Open Contents Platform Association in Japan. Its technology includes various Java specifications, including J2ME and MIDP, as well as PersonalJava.

The iF design award is one of the best known and most prestigious design contests in the world, which has been staged since 1954. Only the very best entries receive an award for exemplary design quality in the face of some very stiff competition. The award is regarded as one of the most important design competitions worldwide, attracting over 1,800 entries from 30 different countries every year. The jury, composed of top international designers, not only critically examines and selects the award-winning entries, but also guarantees iF's special status and the high-quality reputation of the iF label.

See the award-winning iPronto demonstrated at the Philips booth in Hall 21, booth B02.

About Tao Group
Tao has developed intent®, a binary portable, language independent, high performance, multimedia platform that is now used by many of the world’s leading OEMs in their client products for home and mobile networks. The technology allows these companies to have a single strategy across all of their platforms, irrespective of operating system, hardware and function. intent is now being used in products including smart mobile appliances and digital television. intent is also the ratified core technology in the Open Contents Platform Association (OCPA), launched successfully in Japan during 2001. Tao’s range of JavaTM products have been designed from their inception to combine the Java language with Tao’s multimedia platform to run real-world content many times faster than any alternative. The Company was founded in 1992, has offices in the United States, Europe and Japan and counts Mitsubishi, Kyocera, Sony, Motorola, NEC, Sharp and Bowman Capital Partners amongst its investors. Tao has a growing and high value, global patent portfolio and is the recipient of multiple industry awards, both for its technologies and for the rate of corporate growth.

intent is a registered trademark of Tao Group Ltd.

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