|According to an
article available on Video Business, click
here, the Indrema Entertainment System is a thing of the past. The Linux-based
platform was going to combine the technology of DVD players, set-top web appliances,
digital recording and playback, and the rest of the features found in the Tivo or Replay
systems, with a customized version of Linux that would also play games.
Indrema had hoped to spark a revolution in gaming by
involving independant developers and designers, using a radically new licensing scheme for
game makers, including a replaceable graphics card, and expanding their market to include
other types of software for the platform. Last year, when we
got a chance to talk to John Gildred, the CEO of Indrema, we were very impressed with
the vision of the system. If anything, it sounded too good to be true.
According to the Video Business article,
Gildred plans to pursue his vision of the product, albeit without the gaming aspects.
Suffering from the same draught of financial backing as a lot of technology businesses
today, Indrema couldn't explain how it could compete with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo,
in spite of hundreds of independant developers and a launch lineup of 30 games. We wish
Gildred luck, although without the gaming aspect, Indrema is just another set-top box, and
there are too many of those already.