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Kaleidescape Introduces First User Interface for Young Children

Even Toddlers Can Find and Play Their Own Movies, and Parents Have Complete Control over Available Content.

Kaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in movie servers, today introduced the industry's first user interface designed specifically for young children. With a Kaleidescape System and a Kaleidescape Child Remote, a young child can find and play any of his or her movies without help from an adult. The way it works—different user interface behavior when using a particular remote—is an industry first.

When a Child Remote is used with a Kaleidescape System, the on-screen user interface automatically changes to the simplified child user interface, which only offers pure graphical navigation of movie covers. The Child Remote has nine buttons, a) up, down, left, right and select, b) play, pause and stop, and c) shuffle. It's so simple and intuitive that even a toddler can use it. Parents choose what content is in the child's personal collection of movies. The rest of the content is hidden. When any other controller is used, the user interface changes back to the original on-screen user interface.

"The new child user interface gives parents a way to add educational programs into the mix and encourage young children to discover good content independently within their personal collection. With a complicated touch panel controller and more than 1,000 movies loaded on our system, my four-year-old daughter used to always ask for help when she wanted to watch a movie," said Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape's founder, chairman and CEO. "The day she got her own remote and her own collection of movies, she was thrilled. Now, she won't let us start a movie for her; she insists on doing it herself."

The child user interface is a feature of the Kaleidescape Entertainment Appliance Operating System (KEAOS) version 4.0, and Kaleidescape Systems connected to the Internet will automatically receive this software update by October 2010. The Kaleidescape Child Remote is available immediately.