Accenture and KPN Develop Google Glass™ Proof of Concept for Television
Demonstration will be on public display at Mobile World Congress 2014
Mobile World Congress 2014
NEW YORK -- February 23, 2014
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 television viewers.
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, andseamlessly
shares TVcontent 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
“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 Dutchmarketlike
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 is www.accenture.com.
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