Kaleidescape Introduces First User Interface for Young Children
Even Toddlers Can Find and Play Their Own Movies, and Parents Have Complete Control Over Available Content
SUNNYVALE, CA – September 22, 2010 – Kaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in movie servers, today introduced the industry’s first user interface designed specifically for young children. With a Kaleidescape System and a Kaleidescape Child Remote, a young child can find and play any of his or her movies without help from an adult. The way it works—different user interface behavior when using a particular remote—is an industry first.
When a Child Remote is used with a Kaleidescape System, the on-screen user interface automatically changes to the simplified child user interface, which only offers pure graphical navigation of movie covers. The Child Remote has nine buttons, a) up, down, left, right and select, b) play, pause and stop, and c) shuffle. It’s so simple and intuitive that even a toddler can use it. Parents choose what content is in the child’s personal collection of movies. The rest of the content is hidden. When any other controller is used, the user interface changes back to the original on-screen user interface.
“Most of my clients are families where the children use the Kaleidescape System the most,” said Brandon Hoishik, owner of Hoishik in Spring City, Pennsylvania. “The new child user interface gives parents a way to add educational programs into the mix and encourage young children to discover good content independently within their personal collection.”
“With a complicated touch panel controller and more than 1,000 movies loaded on our system, my four-year-old daughter used to always ask for help when she wanted to watch a movie,” said Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape’s founder, chairman and CEO. “The day she got her own remote and her own collection of movies, she was thrilled. Now, she won’t let us start a movie for her; she insists on doing it herself.”
The child user interface is a feature of the Kaleidescape Entertainment Appliance Operating System (KEAOS) version 4.0, and Kaleidescape Systems connected to the Internet will automatically receive this software update by October 2010. The Kaleidescape Child Remote is available immediately at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39 in the United States. Kaleidescape will be demonstrating both of these products at booth #2228 during CEDIA EXPO 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia (September 23-26).
Kaleidescape is the must-have content source for luxury home cinema. Kaleidescape is the only online provider of films with full-fidelity audio and video from all the major studios. Kaleidescape’s Internet-delivered movie source-files include exclusive metadata that enables the company’s award-winning movie players to produce a truly astonishing home cinema experience. Kaleidescape’s renowned onscreen user interface and mobile app were crafted by and for movie lovers. Kaleidescape systems are installed worldwide in the best homes and yachts. Founded in 2001, and headquartered in California, Kaleidescape sells its products exclusively through custom integrators.
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