DigEcor, the manufacturer of the low-cost portable IFE solution digEplayer L7 and L10, has announced several new future products and developments, ranging from wireless streaming, a ruggedised Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with spare battery attached, to an embedded IFE solution utilising its existing products.
“We have a streaming solution to bring your own devices,” says digEcor sales director Ben Fuller. “Were pretty hardware agnostic, meaning as long as the server or the plane meets the minimum spec to stream, we can mesh within each system, and stream to Google Android and Apple iOS devices currently. It’s in the roadmap to get into the Amazon Kindle and Windows devices, but they are not finished at this point.” The wireless streaming system is expected to be rolled out soon, although no launch partners have been announced to date.
The next product detailed by Fuller is a rugged case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which tackles multiple problems while maintaining a low footprint. “Were developing a ruggedized exterior case for it for multiple viewing angles and this is the cool part here, a removable battery with battery life indicators that will extend the battery life to 18-20 hours,” says Fuller. “We found that a lot of airlines are buying 2 or 3 per seat for long haul flights and swapping them out, and have to spend time recharging them. With the additional battery power, airlines can reduce weight and clutter by putting fewer tablets into service.”
After initial trialing a partially embedded IFE solution with Gulf Air, digEcor is ready to move into the fully embedded market. “We’re expanding to a fully embedded solution to provide a low-cost, fully embedded solution with our existing players,” says Fuller. The firm is working with undisclosed partners to bring the solution to fruition, and says the system will be available in the first quarter of 2013 at an “extremely competitive” price point. “Currently, it will be using our existing L7 and L10 players embedded in the seat back. There will be multiple options for uploading the data onto a control unit that will be on the airplane. Our hardware solution is unique.”
In addition to the launch of the new hardware and embedded solutions, digEcor is introducing a new content loading portal, as well as in-flight gambling capabilities.