Former Apple CEO John Sculley has joined the board of directors of OpenPeak – maker of software for wireless control of consumer electronics, digital media, computers and home systems.

Sculley said: "As more and more consumer electronics, digital media, computers and related technologies make it into mainstream homes, the need for a simple way to control them becomes urgent for the everyday consumer.

"OpenPeak is in the right place at the right time to fill a critical gap in the rapidly-emerging electronic home. I’m thrilled to be a part of the outstanding team that is solving huge problems for consumers and helping to drive faster adoption of new technologies in the home by making them easy to use."

Chairman and CEO of OpenPeak Dan Gittleman said: "We are exceptionally pleased to have John join the other distinguished members of our Board. John’s considerable business development skills, global management experience and consumer marketing insight will be invaluable to OpenPeak and our business partners."

Sculley joined Apple in 1983 from Pepsico. Steve Jobs is said to have lured him to join Apple with the words: "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?" In 1985 Sculley ousted Jobs after a power struggle.

Sculley left Apple in 1993 following a series of business disasters, including the Newton hand-held computer – Sculley actually coined the term personal digital assistant (PDA). He then turned his attention to politics.

During his time at Apple, Sculley made many visionary predictions about the future of the cyber-revolution, including the famous Playboy interview in 1987 in which he predicted that the Soviet Union would land a man on Mars within the next 20 years, that optical storage media (CD-ROM) would revolutionize the use of personal computers, and the concept of a "Knowledge Navigator" – which we now know as the Internet and the World Wide Web.