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Method for Routing and Decoding Video in a Distributed Desktop Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010678D
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that routes compressed video directly to a new device (i.e. Microsoft’s Smart Display), which runs on a variety of mobile devices; the disclosed method decompresses the video and displays it locally. Benefits include video quality that is comparable to that found on a desktop monitor.

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Method for Routing and Decoding Video in a Distributed Desktop Environment

Disclosed is a method that routes compressed video directly to a new device (i.e. Microsoft’s Smart Display), which runs on a variety of mobile devices; the disclosed method decompresses the video and displays it locally. Benefits include video quality that is comparable to that found on a desktop monitor.

Background

Microsoft will soon ship a category of product known as Smart Displays, which will enable the Windows XP desktop to work remotely on a variety of devices, mostly small handheld or tablet-like display screens. The user will interact with this device using a touch screen and/or on-screen keyboard. All applications that are present on the user’s desktop will be available on this Smart Display device. In future versions of Smart Displays, there may be several such devices connected to a single PC, each with their own independent logins and desktops.

Smart Displays that will be available in January 2003 are wireless, mobile, battery-operated tablet devices with touchscreens.  These are designed for maximum portability during use of the device. 

Smart Display devices simply display what is shown on the PC’s desktop.  For video, this means that the pixels that would normally be displayed on the PC’s monitor are instead transferred—in an uncompressed format—to the wireless Smart Display device for display.  This results in very poor video quality.

General Description

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