Motorola just released a teaser video for CES with the short message “stay unplugged.” We don’t know exactly what products they are hyping up, but it likely has something to do with the connected home.
Last year Motorola acquired the remote access software ZumoCast and then rebranded it as MotoCast. You have probably seen the service promoted in some of the Verizon ads for the Droid Bionic and RAZR, but MotoCast allows you to stream your personal media anywhere and sync your phone’s content.
Yesterday Motorola also announced their 4Home Connected Home Gateway. This box allows customers to easily add connected home services such as home control, home security and energy management. It also allows customers to access their home from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
It looks like a simple WiFi router, but the Connected Home Gateway includes a 1.2 GHz processor running Motorola’s open 4Home software platform, which supports a host of standards and protocols, making it easier to connect multiple disparate devices to a home network.
“People want anywhere, anytime access to their digital lives. Our suite of award-winning products addresses the new ways that people are embracing their connected lifestyle in the home,” said Dan Moloney, president, Motorola Mobility. “We’re seeing more consumption of more media and lifestyle services across more devices. This is an unprecedented opportunity for service providers to differentiate by streamlining these converged experiences. At CES, Motorola is showcasing a range of new products that are paving the way for the next stage of the connected home.”
Motorola also recently announced another product called Televation that hopes to also evolve the way we watch TV. This box provides a “smart, streamlined way to enjoy a personalized TV experience and relevant social features from your smartphone, PC or tablet.” Televation comes with its client app for Android that currently works with the Motorola XOOM and DROID XYBOARD, as well as tablets from other manufacturers.
The more I think about it, this sounds like a Google TV product on steroids. CES is just days away, so we will find out what Motorola has in store soon. What do you think Motorola will announce at CES?