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(R) MotionEngine(TM) Lite Software and Bluetooth(R) Low Energy RF Technology
Las Vegas, NV; Rockville, MD; and Chula Vista, CA -- January 9, 2013 -- To
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(R) MotionEngine(TM) Lite software with Bluetooth(R)
low energy RF technology in Hillcrest Labs' award-winning Scoop(TM) pointer.
The remote uses Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity technology from
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
"Fueled by the increased adoption of pointing-enabled Android(TM) and
Windows(R) 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
"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(R) 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(TM) 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 @HillcrestLabs.
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.