Nokia and Matsushita to connect home devices

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Nokia and Matsushita to connect home devices

Nokia and Matsushita have reached an agreement to develop technologies for data exchange between mobile phones and home appliances. The tie-up aims to offer users monitoring inside the house, checking the contents of a refrigerator or recording a TV programme, while away from home.

The joint development work is expected to allow mobile phones and home appliances to exchange text, images, audio and video through Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

Nokia and Matsushita hope to develop common Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) so that users can use the same application on both a mobile phone and a home electronic device. They will also work on interface technologies for data exchange between these devices

The tie-up is aimed at the global market with the hope of creating a de facto standard, said Matsushita spokesman Yasuhiro Fukagawa.

A similar agreement was announced between Nokia and Sony at last year's Comdex show. The companies said they planned to develop common middleware that would allow consumer devices to communicate with mobile phones.

"Unlike this agreement with Matsushita, which specifically says that we are to jointly develop technologies between Matsushita's devices and Nokia's devices, the tie-up with Sony meant broader platform developments, and Nokia and Sony are still partners," said a Nokia Japan spokeswoman.

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