Kaleidescape Debuts Kids' User Interface



— Kaleidescape is unveiling at CEDIA Expo a new user interface and remote designed to help children use its movie server system, and will announce availability of a dual disc-vault changer system for its M-Class movie servers.

The child interface was developed after the company determined that a large percentage of Kaleidescape system users are children.

“We found that seven of the top 10 movies played most often on Kaleidescape systems are children’s movies,” said Tom Barnett, product management director. “That’s one of the real values that we bring — we make it easy enough that a child can walk up and make selections without having to fumble through FBI warnings and menus, get the correct orientation of the player and so forth.”

Kaleidescape developed a special rubberized remote, which will be available in bright primary colors appealing to young children. It will feature nine basic buttons using different IR codes than the conventional Kaleidescape remote.

When any button is pressed on the child remote, the Kaleidescape system switches into the kids’ user interface using movie cover graphics without text to read.

Movie listings that appear are preselected by parents, ensuring children don’t get access to inappropriate material.

Barnett said as soon as an adult presses a button on the main remote, the system will revert back to the original user interface.

The child interface update will start shipping to coincide with CEDIA Expo, he said.

Meanwhile, Kaleidescape’s dual discvault systems are being designed to ensure that copies of Blu-ray and DVD titles are always present in the system to activate the company’s unique copy-authentication mechanism.

By using disc-changer-like magazines to hold the discs, users will not have to repeatedly get up to load discs in the server to playback movies ripped to the system’s hard drives.

To assuage the piracy concerns of content holders, Kaleidescape’s system is based on a copy-protection mechanism that enables recording movie discs to a hard drive for playback through Kaleidescape hardware. The hardware includes copy-control safeguards that ensure a copy of the original source disc is always present in the system before the recorded content can be played back.

That way the server can stream stored versions of movies to any connected player or multiple players in the home.

The first planned modular server will be demonstrated at the show, Barnett said. The vault will connect via USB to either an M-300 or M-500 player, using the player as the controller.

In 2011, the company will introduce a second approach featuring an integrated disc-vault system with a builtin player, capable of holding substantially more discs (around 300) without the need of a USB connection.

The modular changer demonstrated at the show will hold up to 100 Blu-ray Discs, Barnett said. The modular disc vault will carry a $1,500 suggested retail.

Additionally, Stephen Watson, Kaleidescape chief technology officer, will address “Why Innovators Get Sued By Hollywood” at 4:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in room A309 at CEDIA Expo.


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