Motorola Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Motorola, has made a Series A investment in a startup called DARTdevices Corp. that is demonstrating its technology for the first time today at the DEMO ’07 conference.
DARTdevices has developed software that enables multiple, otherwise-incompatible consumer devices – anything from mobile phones to PCs – to work together. The company explained that devices enabled with its software can directly access the combined content and applications of any other DART-enabled device by taking care of software distribution, versioning, security, hardware compatibility and synchronization issues.
DARTdevices’ software allows wireless interactive sharing of applications such as music, photos, video, calendars and games, across multiple consumer electronics devices including mobile phones, PDAs, computers, TV set-top boxes, printers, MP3 players and DVRs, according to the company. DART can be used on almost all digital devices with two-way communications capabilities.
Initial versions of the software will focus on mobile phones, PCs, Macs, and set-top boxes – presumably Motorola’s.
“Their software allows wired and wireless distribution of applications, games and information such as music, photos, video, calendars and data, across mobile phones, PCs, Internet servers, PDAs, set-tops, MP3 players and DVRs,” said Tony Palcheck, investment manager, Motorola Ventures.
DARTdevices humbly describes its technology as “disruptive.” If it works as advertised, and gets widely distributed, it certainly has a chance of affecting the market profoundly.
Financial terms of the agreement with Motorola were not disclosed.