In a project highlighting the increasing merger between home and automotive entertainment technologies, a consortium explores ways to use home media content in vehicles and mobile devices.
The group which includes Fraunhofer IIS, the developer of the MP3 file format, focuses on developing personalized media streams. The solution will include a (home) media server and a profile server. The media server manages media and playlists. From the media server, content will be distributed by means of multiple transport technologies, ranging from cellular radio to USB sticks or other storage medium. From there, the content is distributed to a variety of terminal devices.
According to the group, the challenge lies in adapting the data to the display of the respective terminal device. A movie, for example, will be displayed on a TV set in relatively high resolution and a 16:9 format. On a cellphone however, the same content needs to be displayed in 3GP format. The researchers will develop technologies to automatically transcode the content depending on the respective context. The profile server will make sure that the user can attend a movie or another type of content without interruption even after changing the device type. Thus, users will be able to attend a part of a soccer game at home and another part in a car.
Results of the research project are expected in 2012.