I-D Media, IBM To Work on E-Business Projects
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I-D Media is the company behind Cycosmos.com, a platform that allows users to create online versions of themselves that are anonymous and untraceable to their real world selves.
Said to combine the appeal of chat rooms, online communities, e-commerce and search engines, Cycosmos.com is due to launch in the U.K. on April 14.
I-D Media says that specialists from IBM will be helping to develop new products jointly with the German firm, including new software tools for the IBM WebSphere Platform.
Bernd Kolb, I-D Media's chief executive officer, said it was hugely exciting to be working so closely with IBM.
"I-D Media is growing quickly -- as illustrated by the launch of our London unit last month -- and we are now ready to enter into relationships of this kind," said Kolb.
I-D Media is composed of four units: I-D Services, ID-TV, Cycosmos.com and Living Screen. A pioneer of avatar development and motion capture technology, it is having its greatest success with Cycosmos.com, an online society that has become especially popular in Germany.
As a result of the deal with IBM, I-D Media will switch its applications to IBM platforms.