Middleware Support for Seamless Multimedia Home Entertainment for Mobile Users and Heterogeneous Environments

The emergence of mobile devices in multimedia home entertainment demands new application scenarios like ubiquitous multimedia access. However today's home entertainment appliances are usually based on a closed hardware and software design and do not provide the extensibility and flexibility needed.

In this paper, we present a middleware that allows to control and connect distributed and mobile multimedia devices with different underlying technology. Based on this middleware we demonstrate an extensible application framework for a multimedia home entertainment center. This framework provides session hand off for seamless multimedia playback in heterogeneous environments where users with mobile devices can transparently exploit the capabilities of nearby stationary systems.