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Hillcrest Labs Collaborates with Texas Instruments to Develop Advanced Motion Sensing Remotes

Hillcrest Labs has developed a remote control solution for motion sensing, which integrates radio frequency (RF) technology developed by Texas Instruments.

The two companies will also provide a reference design by the end of 2011 that will combines Hillcrest's recently developed Freespace MotionEngine software and Texas Instruments’ RemoTI network protocol along with ZigBee RF4CE hardware platform. The Freespace MotionEngine functionality with the ZigBee RF4CE solution will be showcased at IBC 2011.

Modern-day remote controls rely upon out of date infrared technology to deliver commands to electronics devices. The technology jointly developed by Texas Instruments and Hillcrest will allow manufacturers to integrate their products with advanced natural user interfaces, which eliminates the line-of-sight limitations of older devices. The joint solution supports bi-directional communications and provides motion control at high-precision.

Stig Torud from Texas Instruments stated that the two companies have been working in tandem since 2009 and have developed RF4CE-based remote control that can be used for motion gaming, user interface navigation and gesture control due to its high-precise motion control.

The Senior Vice President-Sales and Marketing of Hillcrest Labs, Chad Lucien stated that the current market demands a more interactive yet simple control of video games, web browsers and TV applications. The Freespace MotionEngine, an embedded software platform enables magnetic and MEMS inertial sensors to work consistently. The MotionEngine software is used for three-dimensional device motion, gesture control, sensor fusion, calibration and cursor control. An embedded microcontroller provides implementation flexibility which enables MotionEngine to run directly on a set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC), TV, USB dongle or on a controller.

Source: http://www.hillcrestlabs.com/

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