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February 03, 2006

LOCATIONFREE RECEIVES THE FIRST “NetKADEN Grand Prize” FROM MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Cutting-edge LocationFree® creates new lifestyles and will expand to a wide range of portable devices


  • Center: LocationFree® LF-PK1 and LocationFree Player for PC, LFA-PC2 Product examples can be connected with base station, Left:PSP® Right: Notebook PC (VAIO®)
Tokyo, Japan Sony Corporation today announced that our LocationFree® base station pack, LF-PK1, has been awarded the “NetKADEN Grand Prize” of “NetKADEN 2005” from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

The LocationFree® base station pack, LF-PK1, launched from October 2005 in Japan and the USA and has also been available in Taiwan from last month. Regardless of the user's location inside or outside the home, it is possible to remotely access TV programs or video playing in your living room. This is done by connecting the LocationFree® base station to a range of AV devices and then using internet or wireless LAN to remotely access the programming via products such as a Windows® Notebook PC or PSP®.

“LocationFree® technology offers users a new lifestyle proposition and to accelerate progress we will be offering software development kits (SDK) for portable broadband devices including cell phones, PDAs and music players,” commented Satoru Maeda, head of the LocationFree business. “By making this kit available to third-party developers, viewers will soon be able to remotely access their favorite TV programs anytime, almost anywhere and on any portable device. We are aiming to increase the number of LocationFree compatible devices with displays and internet or wireless LAN connectivity.”

NetKADEN:http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/netkaden/english/index.html

LocationFree and VAIO are trademarks and registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
PSP and PlayStation are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP firmware 2.5 update supports LocationFree.
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