Connections Conference attendee NetCentrex Inc was nice enough to set me down and show me exactly what’s going on behind their curtains. There weren’t actual curtains there but they did have squishy chairs for a for a full demonstration run through.
What is Triple Play was my first question, I’ve played my TV, radio, and computer all at the same time, does that count? No, was her answer. Then she asked me for my phone number! That’s right kiddo, right in the middle of us ordering The Lord of the Rings movie as a VoD (Video on Demand) she asked me for my phone number. My striking resemblance to Aragorn Mortensen was more apparent than I thought. Then she started to dial my number on the TV remote control. A phone sitting next to the TV started to ring a funny ring, she picked it up and didn’t say anything. As soon as she put the receiver to her ear, my phone started to ring. It was her calling me!
NetCentrex is part of the iPlay3 Consortium, what does that mean to your average Joe? Along with a bunch of other companies, they work together to make things like this possible. Imagine calling VoIP (Voice over IP), Video Telephony, and mobile phone integration with your TV and internet.
*Cloudy Dream Transition*
You’re in the middle of American Idol when Aunt Betsy calls to nag about Uncle Dick. While running to your phone in the bedroom just in time to miss the call, and returning to find that you missed who America voted for, is how we do it now. This new technology allows you to see on the TV that Aunt Betsy is calling, and with the touch of a TV remote control button she’s leaving a voicemail on your mobile phone. That’s a sampler at the buffet of Triple Play technology.