It isn’t exactly a new concept but Fujitsu Siemens’ ‘Follow Me TV’ was the conglomerate’s big announcement for IFA “006.
Essentially based on well established time shifting television technology (pause, rewind, record, etc) it also throws what it dubs ‘place shifting’ into the mix. In practice this means you will be able to pause a live broadcast in one room and then restart it later in another room and on another device.
The whole system works by storing all video content – be it live TV, or pre-recorded – on a central location (preferably an Activy Media Server according to FS) and this is then connected either wired or wirelessly to a range of products it is supplying throughout the home such as its ‘Myrica TV’, ‘Activy Media Centre’, ‘Activy Media Player’, and selection of media PCs and notebooks.
It all uses the company’s own software which can be integrated into Windows Media Center but, frustratingly, Fujitsu Siemens was unable to confirm to me during my brief stay whether or not other manufacturers’ equipment could also be used.
Of course this is a rather crucial point (I imagine it must do) so I’ll fill you in more when I get further details. That said, the on-stand demo did work flawlessly and the potential of pausing your TV, wandering upstairs, switching on your laptop and continuing your viewing is a pretty compelling proposition to couch potatoes everywhere.