Interest in Home Networking Migrates to Mobile and Portable Devices

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A new study from Parks Associates finds consumer demand for networking features will drive the next wave of consumer electronics purchasing particularly for imaging and mobile devices such as digital cameras photo frames and mobile phones. The survey from Parks Associates finds nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households want a digital camera with networking capabilities with nearly 40% similarly interested in a networked digital photo frame.

Applications for transferring media and communications among portable and fixed devices are driving this interest in networking. Parks Associates reports that consumers see real value in the ability to transfer a mobile call to a fixed-line phone or to move music and photos among PCs and portable multimedia players.

"We're entering a new stage in home networking, where interoperability between fixed and portable devices defines new user experiences," said Kurt Scherf, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. "This trend will guide the development of powerful but energy-efficient networking solutions and the design of middleware and user interfaces that can be implemented on multiple devices running a variety of processors and core software."

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