DARTdevices, of Mountain View, is a start-up that launched at DEMO today, that until this evening remained unintelligible to us.
It proclaims a technology that lets multiple devices interact with an application over a shared connection. Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher sat down with the company, but even she was left wondering how it really matters. The idea appears to be, if you want to share photo content or game app between two otherwise incompatible devices, it will let you do that, as long as DART is loaded on your device.
Chris Shipley, organizer of DEMO, says: “It is a product that has to be seen to be fully understood.” The reason we’re mentioning this at all, and not waiting before we see it, is because it has raised $2.8 million last year from Motorola (just announced now). Meanwhile, you can always try deciphering the company’s own description of itself, by reading here.
Or, from the company’s statement sent to VentureBeat this morning:
DARTdevices facilitates “Interoperability Done Right,” by allowing applications to directly access the combined software, hardware and content of any of the devices on which the DART software resides. These applications can then intelligently and securely distribute themselves as needed among selected communicating devices. DART applications are operating system, hardware and communications protocol independent, enabling a wide range of different types of applications to flow automatically across various previously incompatible devices.
“DARTdevices’ cool technology provides a seamless way for diverse consumer entertainment devices, mobile gadgets and computers to interact, securely share and update information and applications,” said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences. “DART software provides peer-to-peer content access and distribution by effectively turning all devices into one virtual device. It is a product that has to be seen to be fully understood, so DEMO will make a perfect venue for its debut.”
Despite the proliferation of mobile devices and wireless communications links such as Bluetooth and WiFi, the promise of having communicating devices work together seamlessly is still only a dream. The reasons include software incompatibility, version mismatches, security concerns, and especially the need for communicating applications to be pre-installed on every device before they can work. With DART, all the software securely distributes itself automatically, eliminating all the impediments to a robust market for reliable ubiquitous communicating applications…
It previously raised $1.6 million from CEO Rich Mirabella, CTO Dan Illowsky, and other investors.