There's a universe of content that is constantly changing, passing from tangible to virtual and back again. There's also a world of devices, itself under constant change, that allows users to both share and enjoy multimedia files.
Each device spawns a range of different uses and, as a consequence, a range of different libraries. Finding, sharing, storing and transferring these libraries quickly and easily is rapidly becoming an emerging need.
It is one thing to anticipate a new need; responding to it is another thing entirely.
Acer did just that.
Clear.fi is the Acer media sharing system based on the idea that it's easier if all multimedia content is simply brought into a single system with a common interface. No matter where they are.
Clear.fi works straight out of the box, automatically detecting the Clear.fi-enabled devices connected to the wireless home network, and then allowing all digital content stored on any of these to be shared seamlessly with the other devices using the Clear.fi media interface.
There are no limits to the Clear.fi scalability: any Acer branded device will have Clear.fi embedded, and can instantly join the wireless home network and share stored multimedia.
Take a photo on your smartphone and when you get home, it will be available straight away on your notebook or TV. Edit a video on your PC and you can watch it back on your TV straight away. When a friend comes to visit you with his wedding album, Clear.fi immediately detects his notebook and the image library; just select where you want the content appear be played and it's done.
Multimedia content is collected and displayed all in the same window. What's more, it can be played or moved across the network seamlessly, with no need for physical drives (USB key, external hard disk, etc.)
The unique interface delivers a common user experience.
Music, Video and Photo icons are always displayed on the top left corner.
Beneath these you can find the list of sources where multimedia are stored:
• Library – local disks
• Shared libraries – Video, Music and Pictures folders from all the connected devices
• Web resources – direct access to the most popular social networks (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube).
Once the source is selected, content thumbnails appear in the middle of the screen. You simply click on the one you want to play and the Clear.fi built-in player takes care of the rest.
On the top right corner, a list of actions you can do is always displayed:
Play to – reproduces selected content on the connected devices of your choice
Save to – saves any content on the PC you are using or another one
Publish to – allows you to post videos on Facebook and YouTube or upload images to your Flickr and Facebook accounts
Acer's focus on different PC usages led to the development of a new and rich range of devices that have broken the barriers between people and technology.
Barriers that are not only physical - format, weight, battery life – but also virtual: simplifying the way devices interact with each other means removing virtual barriers and this dramatically changes the way users interact with content.
Thanks to Clear.fi, Acer enables multiple users to keep their multimedia life together, organized and ready to be shared and enjoyed.