Consumer electronics company Panja has unveiled an entertainment system that enables users to listen to Web audio on their stereos and view Internet content on their TVs without the use of PCs.
Demonstrated during this week's Internet World conference in Chicago, the Panja 1000 gateway is installed in homes and connects the Internet directly to existing stereos, TVs and video cassette recorders via a Panja/Cisco branded cable modem.
Also unveiled is the Panja 2000 control system which delivers Internet information to non PC displays such as wireless touch panels and LCD keypads.
Tom Hite, Panja vice president and general manager, said, "We are bringing IP to the home and breaking the Internet free from the PC."
To use this system content providers have to write a special URL to enable users to receive content through existing household devices. Two content providers - Infoseek and Go Network - have so far signed up to support the products, which will be available in the autumn.
Households must be supported by either cable networks or digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies. The company claimed Panja 1000, with a US list price of $2,495, will be aimed at a broad market, but admitted that Panja 2000, which has yet to be priced, will aimed at the elite.
The products will also be offered as part of three subscription services. Broadband Blast links the Internet to home appliances, while Icontrol enables users to remotely check home devices, such as security systems. Panjacast delivers personalised Web information, such as local traffic and weather reports to non PC devices, including wireless touch panels and LCD keypads.
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