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Blu-ray Disc solutions provider Netblender has announced that it will be releasing a software development kit (SDK) called BD Touch that will make it possible for the Apple iPhone to communicate with the Sony PlayStation 3 via their common Bluetooth communications protocol.
The first application that comes to mind is the ability to use the iPhone as a remote control, so you could turn the sophisticated mobile device into a touchscreen remote.
What I find more intriguing is the idea raised in an article on Gizmodo titled "iPhone to Become Blu-Ray Player Remote":
The iPhone application will be able to interact directly with movies, showing extra information in the iPhone.
This is a pretty open-ended and vague statement, but what it could mean is that you no longer have to wonder who that actress is that Bruce Willis is talking to, your iPhone can show you because it is providing an iPhone version of pop-up factoids while the movie is playing. Since the iPhone can connect to the Internet, you could tap on her name and find out what other movies she has been in.
Connecting a Blu-ray player to the Internet is cool, but it has limited applications while the movie is actually playing. Making devices that you already own have the ability to talk to each other (hopefully only with your permission) is also cool. Allowing your Blu-ray player to communicate with said device in order to tie it to information on the Internet, such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) or the official web site for the movie is just downright ultra-cool!
However, with great power comes great responsibility. What's to stop some enterprising Blu-ray studio from deciding that you might want to buy the shirt on Bruce Willis' back while you're watching the movie, so your iPhone now becomes yet another advertising vehicle? You just know that there are number-crunchers out there already developing just such plans...
Thanks to reader Ron H. for sending us a link to this information!
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