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TCL licenses Hillcrest’s Freespace technology

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 11:01am
Brian Santo

Hillcrest Labs' Freespace technologyAndroid-based smart TVs from Chinese manufacturer TCL Multimedia will soon come with motion-sensing remotes using Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace technology.

The Smart TV system will be available in China this month and in other markets later this year.

TCL has taken a worldwide license to use Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine Smart TV software and its Freespace Gesture Recognition Engine, which enable motion, gesture and cursor control to be used to navigate and interact with an array of smart TV content.

This includes TV menus, Web browsers, games and a wide variety of Android applications, Hillcrest Labs said.

The Freespace MotionEngine Smart TV software provides precise motion data for mouse-like point-and-click functionality and motion gaming applications. The Freespace Gesture Recognition Engine allows users to perform simple gestures to accomplish various tasks, which can include virtual controls such as twisting the remote to adjust volume, as well as alpha-numeric, in-air gestures to change channels, switch applications or function as passwords to log in to individual user accounts.

The Freespace MotionEngine is the same software embedded in the new line of Roku 2 streaming media players and in LG’s Smart TVs.

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