SMK Electronics and Hillcrest Labs to Unveil New "Scoop Pointer" Remote
Control at International CES 2013
Smart TV Remote Control Provides In-Air Pointing Using Hillcrest's Freespace®
MotionEngine™ Lite Software and Bluetooth® Low Energy RF Technology
LAS VEGAS and ROCKVILLE, Md. and CHULA VISTA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS and ROCKVILLE, Md.and CHULA VISTA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- To meet the growing need for cost effective, power efficient
pointing in Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players, and PCs, SMK
Electronics and Hillcrest Labs have teamed up to create a new consumer remote
control solution. The new remote, to be manufactured and marketed by SMK
Electronics, enables in-air pointing and cursor control by combining
Hillcrest's Freespace^® MotionEngine^™ Lite software with Bluetooth^® low
energy RF technology in Hillcrest Labs' award-winning Scoop^™ pointer. The
remote uses Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity technology from Texas
Instruments Incorporated (TI).
"Fueled by the increased adoption of pointing-enabled Android^™ and Windows^®
8 operating systems, advanced pointing controls are now an essential part of
all the latest Smart TVs and PC devices," said Chad Lucien, senior vice
president of sales and marketing, Hillcrest Labs. "We're excited to partner
with SMK, a trusted industry supplier of high quality, reliable remote control
solutions, to create a new product to meet this market need."
"We are pleased to be able to offer our global customers a turn-key remote
control with high-precision cursor control," said Paul Evans, president, SMK
Electronics Corporation. "The combination of Hillcrest's MotionEngine Lite
software with Bluetooth low energy RF technology provides a cost effective,
low-latency, ultra-high performance remote control solution for OEMs looking
to deploy next-generation Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players,
PCs, and other entertainment devices."
"Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity delivers the battery-friendly,
high performance technology being demanded for advanced remote controls –
giving consumers more precise control of their consumer electronics
equipment," said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity
Solutions, TI. "We are excited to continue our relationship with SMK and
Hillcrest Labs to innovate in the living room, expanding our success with
ZigBee RF4CE to Bluetooth low energy remote controls."
The Scoop pointer uses Hillcrest's MotionEngine Lite software to transform
data from an accelerometer and a gyroscope into intuitive in-air pointing
control. Interfacing wirelessly with Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media
players, PCs, and other devices, the Scoop will be showcased at the 2013
International CES show, January 8-11, in Las Vegas, NV, in SMK Electronics'
booth #20661 in Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 1, in Hillcrest's
Renaissance Hotel suite #932 and in TI booth N119 in Las Vegas Convention
Center North Hall.
About Hillcrest Labs:
Hillcrest Labs is the leading global supplier of software and hardware for
motion-enabled products. Our Freespace^® technology transforms human movement
into high quality, application-ready motion information. With a decade of
development and many unique patented features, products come to life with
Freespace motion. Companies licensing Hillcrest's motion technology include:
Atmel, Eastman Kodak, LG Electronics, Logitech, Roku, SMK Electronics, Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, and others. For consumers,
Hillcrest offers the Kylo browser, a free Web browser for TV viewing.
Hillcrest has received numerous awards and recognitions including the
prestigious CES Innovations Honoree Award multiple times, IMS Research's TV
Innovation Awards, EE Times' ACE Award, PC World's 100 Best Products and
Greatest Tech Designs, Popular Mechanics' Editors Choice, ECN's Reader's
Choice Tech, and many others. Additional information about Hillcrest's broad
portfolio of motion control products is available at: www.HillcrestLabs.com.
Follow Hillcrest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HillcrestLabs or Twitter at
About SMK Electronics:
SMK Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a world leader in the
design, development and manufacture of OEM remote controls, producing more
than 70 million units annually. SMK Electronics, SMK's America Group, in
coordination with SMK's Europe Group, is uniquely positioned to offer its
global customers advanced OEM remote control solutions that support rich
media, interactive content and advanced TV features. For more information,
visit SMK Electronics USA, SMK Europe Group and SMK Corporation.
Hillcrest Labs, Freespace, and MotionEngine are trademarks of Hillcrest
Laboratories, Inc. All other company names and trademarks remain property of
their respective owners.
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