Technicolor, betting that cable operators will want to offer their own branded alternative to the likes of Apple's iPad, has developed a second generation of its Media Touch tablet device based on Google's Android operating system, with a sleeker design and a 7-inch color touchscreen.
The Media Touch 2 tablet will be able to provide remote-control features, including searching TV listings, and will be able to play back and display media content from a home gateway, said Benoit Joly, Technicolor vice president of home networking and applications.
"It's a companion product, to augment a subscriber's media consumption," Joly said. "It gives [service providers] real estate they can control, to offer new promotions or bundles."
The Wi-Fi-enabled tablet can either stream video content from the network or access it from local storage in a home gateway. The Media Touch also has a picture frame function, and includes a camera and microphone to allow it to be used for video conferencing and voice-over-IP calls. The tablet could even provide ads synchronized with the TV or other content.
Technicolor, which officially changed its name from Thomson earlier this year, will show off the Media Touch 2 tablet at Broadband World Forum 2010 next week in Paris.