Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and KPN (NYSE:KPN), one of the leading
telecommunications and information communications technology service
providers in the Netherlands, have developed a proof of concept using
Google Glass and the Accenture
Video Solution (AVS) for interactive television viewing, storage and
control that has the potential to greatly enrich the TV user experience.
While not yet developed as a commercial product, the companies are
exploring the potential applications of wearable technologies for
The companies will demonstrate the proof of concept at Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona. Using KPN's Interactive TV service, which is
built on the Accenture Video Solution software
platform and enables subscribers to watch TV on more devices, the
companies will show how Google Glass integrates with the AVS platform to
offer hands-free, voice-controlled interaction, and sealessly shares
TV content between the main TV screen and Google Glass.
Three examples will be demonstrated:
1) Advanced Remote Control or Companion Device,
which enables viewers to control TV functions like channel, program, and
program preview selection, volume control, pause, and fast
forward/rewind, giving viewers a single, platform-independent device to
manage and control the TV directly.
2) Second Screen, which allows viewers to
access an extra layer of real-time information while watching programs.
For example, as people watch live sports events, they can access
statistics and other results or review event highlights, for an enriched
and personalized TV experience.
3) TV Everywhere, which enables viewers to
select a program stored on the cloud, and continue watching it on
another device while away from the primary TV.
"Accenture's Technology Vision 2014 shows that companies and consumers
are extremely interested in the practical possibilities of connected
intelligence and wearables such as this Google Glass proof of concept,"
said Tom Loozen, managing director for Accenture's Communications
industry group. "This sort of innovation has enormous potential to offer
users real-time access to an extra dimension of personalized
functionality and information."
"We are constantly looking for differentiating services we can offer to
our subscribers," said Diederik Rosenbaum, director TV at KPN. "In the
past, we were the first to bring relevant innovative services to the
Dutch market like 4G, TV on mobile devices and start-over
TV. This concept is the latest idea we are exploring to enrich the TV
experience of our customers."
The proof of concept was developed in collaboration with researchers at
Accenture Technology Labs.
More information on this proof of concept can be found here.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients
in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience,
comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions,
and extensive research on the world's most successful companies,
Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance
businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of
US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page
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