NetStreams, a manufacturer of IP-based audio, video and control products, said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has formally published its patent application for IP-based networked speakers. The patent application, initially filed in 2002, addresses a networked speaker that includes a network interface integrated within a residential or commercial audio distribution and control system. The result, said NetStreams, is “the delivery of vocal feedback, status and even control with the audio through the networked speakers.”
The patent application also relates to other NetStreams patent applications published for IP-based networked entertainment, and “marks a path for the future of audio, video and control over an IP-based network,” said the company.
Company executives took the opportunity to tout the virtues of IP-based entertainment and control systems.
“NetStreams’ vision is to provide hardware and software solutions to simplify, manage and distribute audio, video and control signals across an IP network,” said NetStreams Founder and Chairman Herman Cárdenas. “The IP speaker is a key element for the future of networked entertainment in a home or commercial facility. Our innovation puts the intelligence and amplification at the speaker, delivering unprecedented audio quality and accessibility over an IP network.”
“IP speakers and IP audio will change forever multi-room and multi-channel audio distribution, control and performance,” added NetStreams Chief Technology Officer Michael Braithwaite. “IP audio enables the highest performance sound quality, the most faithful and precise audio reproduction, and the absolute state-of-the-art network integration and digital content management. Compared with traditional analog and even digital matrix systems that have been the prevalent design choice of the distributed audio industry for over 30 years, IP audio is easy to install, easy to use, easy to upgrade and gives the highest price/performance of any audio system ever designed.”
NetStreams developed the first commercially available IP speaker through a partnership with Polk Audio, which took the product to market.