[openbeos] Re: [Off topic] Another company using BeOS as multimedia box

  • From: Czeslaw Czapla <czapla@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 20:59:25 -0700

Zenja Solaja wrote:

Sorry for polluting the list, but I just discovered that a company
called MagicBox, Inc uses BeOS in their Aavelin multimedia boxes (used
to display overlay data and signage in hotels, conference centers, TV
stations etc, and they even run displays in a few major sporting
arenas).  They dont mention BeOS specifically on their web site, but
they do mention that they use a RealTime OS and have the BeInc logo
show up on the device boot screen (there is a picture in the PDF
manual), as well as a "The BeOS logo is a trademark of Be,

Never knew these guys used BeOS.  Any of their developers following
the Haiku mailing lists?

Your timing is remarkable, Zenja. It turns out that MagicBox's Vice President for Technology, Karl Frederick, was in attendance at WalterCon 2005 last weekend. MagicBox Inc. even picked up the lunch tab for everyone at the conference on Sunday!

MagicBox's products do indeed use BeOS R5 as an embedded operating system, and they reportedly have a significant client base distributed across several states, including clients in Las Vegas (where WalterCon took place last weekend). So BeOS is being used, under license, commercially -- daily and successfully -- in the field as an embedded OS.

Prior to adopting BeOS for their systems in 1998, MagicBox used the Amiga operating system to drive their hardware.

So the answer to your question is: Yes, they are indeed following the Haiku project!


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