Webinos – leveraging the Web as the greatest common denominator for multiple platforms ..

I am pleased to announce that my company, Futuretext is a part of an international research consortium, led by Fraunhofer FOKUS, which was awarded EU funding to drive developments for the Future Internet. The three year project will start in September 2010 and is co-funded by the European Union, which has provided a grant of ten million Euros. Besides Fraunhofer FOKUS, the consortium includes Deutsche Telekom, Telcom Italia, BMW Research, Sony Ericsson, Samsung Electronics, W3C, University of Oxford and others. It will create a truly open platform for cross-platform use of services that can be operated on multiple screens.

webinos was on the BBC this morning and webinos project lead Dr Stephan Steglich said

“Rather than develop yet another operating system or work on a service that “translates” software from one platform’s code into another’s, the project’s central idea is to make applications run in a web environment, rather than directly in the depths of a given device’s operating system.”

and

“The greatest common denominator among all these devices is the web browser – that’s the only thing people can use to accept the same content,”

To me, the idea of the Web as a common platform and the creation of a truly open source environment across a range of screens (platforms) is why this project has the potential to be truly transformational. We also have participation from a wide range of partners with specific vertical domain like BMW

I am very much looking forward to participating in this initiative and working with a great group of people and truly making a difference.

The full press release is at the Fraunhofer FOKUS site (pdf)