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HiSense licenses FreeSpace motion control

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:53pm
Brian Santo

Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense will deploy Hillcrest’s FreeSpace motion control software in its next-generation of Smart TVs and set-top boxes.

Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TV devices through in-air movements of a handheld remote control. This allows users to navigate their TV user interface in a manner similar to the way the control computers, Smartphones and tablets.

Hisense’s Freespace-enabled products will be available in the U.S., China, and other markets later this year. Additional information, such as product models and pricing, will be available at launch, Hillcrest said.

Previously, Hillcrest’s FreeSpace technology has been incorporated into televisions and set-tops by TCL (another Chinese manufacturer), LG, and by Roku.

Hisense is the No. 2 seller in China, and the fifth largest television manufacturer in the world, with a current output of about 10 million TVs a year. The company sells TVs both under its own brands and as an OEM for other consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide.

The company has production facilities in China, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt as well as Mexico.

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