A tablet type device that plays IPTV content is set to be revealed in Australia today by Swedish high-end telecoms equipment maker, Ericsson.
The company, which is looking to lure third party companies such as communication carriers, wants to be in the tablet business in Australia.
The device will be shown at the Australian Broadcast Exhibition in Sydney this week.
Ericsson doesn’t plan to peddle the gadget itself, but says it will probably be marketed by service providers such as broadcasters, telecom or pay-TV operators, with trials expected before the end of this year. It describes the IPTV Remote – pictured -as a “proof-of-concept” device for controlling a TV and other media devices throughout the home.
The tablet has a 10-inch touchscreen for controlling Internet video, a TV (both live and on-demand), a PC and a mobile phone in the home.
A built-in second screen can be used for previewing content, exploring program guides, browsing the Web or chatting with friends and family. It could also function as a portable TV in a WiFi-enabled home, Ericsson says.
While TV services will be the initial focus, other applications could be video-conferencing, home surveillance, and e-health, Ericsson says.
The Australian Broadcast Exhibition is under way at Sydney’s Manly Pacific Hotel; tomorrow is the final day.