Hillcrest Labs Brings Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Skyworth Smart TVs

- Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Skyworth’s Android Smart TVs -

Rockville, MD – October 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that Skyworth, a leading TV brand in China, will use Hillcrest’s patented motion software in its new line of Smart TVs. Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngineSmart TV software will enable advanced motion, gesture and cursor control to navigate and interact with the wide range of content, games and apps available on Skyworth’s Android™-based Smart TVs.

Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and 3D motion control of Smart TVs through simple, in-air movements of a remote control. This is particularly important for Android TVs, as the user must control the experience from a distance using a remote control rather than holding a device, such as a smartphone. Freespace uniquely replicates the point-to-select and motion controls commonly used by Android applications on mobile devices, to enable the same interactivity while users sit comfortably on the couch. Skyworth Smart TVs will also include CSR’s dual-mode Bluetooth® solution announced last year, which pairs Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine software with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) RF technology to provide faster and more immersive user experiences.

“As a leading TV brand in China, we’re proud Skyworth selected Freespace to provide advanced motion capabilities on its newest generation of Smart TVs,” said Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hillcrest Labs. “Together, we look forward to bringing more compelling user interface navigation, motion gaming and gesture control to the rapidly growing Android Smart TV market.”

“Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine is key to enabling enhanced user experiences, as it enables improved content navigation, better gaming options, and simple Web browsing across Skyworth’s Android-powered Smart TVs,” said Meng Wang, Marketing Director at Skyworth. “With an extensive worldwide intellectual property portfolio and as a leader in motion-enabled products, Hillcrest will help us to provide the next evolution of living room entertainment with more innovative and intuitive Smart TV capabilities.”

Today’s announcement is further evidence of the importance of Hillcrest’s technology across advanced Smart TV platforms. It also marks another major, Asia-based consumer electronics OEM to adopt Hillcrest’s Freespace technology. Skyworth is the sixth major Smart TV platform worldwide to use Hillcrest’s motion software.

Other companies that have licensed Freespace for use in their products include: Atmel, Coolpad, Hisense, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Logitech, Oppo, Roku, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, Universal Electronics (UEI), and more. Hillcrest has a commanding worldwide intellectual property portfolio that includes over 110 granted out of over 220 total filed patents exclusively owned by Hillcrest Labs. This includes patents which are critical to the orientation compensation, automatic calibration and intelligent motion stabilization features that ensure motion control technology is simple and intuitive to use on Smart TVs.

For more information about Skyworth, visit: www.Skyworth.com. Additional information about Hillcrest Labs can be found at: www.HillcrestLabs.com.

 

 

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 that have licensed or use Hillcrest’s motion technology include: Atmel, Coolpad, Eastman Kodak, Hisense, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Logitech, Oppo, Roku, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, Universal Electronics (UEI), and others.

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 Skyworth

Skyworth (HK00751) is a global TV manufacturer and large-sized high-tech public company. Holding the No. 1 domestic TV market share in China, achieving No.1 sales volume in domestic TV market in China, Skyworth will move forward on the way of internationalization, since established a strong, comprehensive global sales, distribution platform and network that covers major continents. Skyworth is committed to providing customers with complete solutions of digital life and bringing Skyworth’s video and audio products into common households to let people of different countries and groups enjoy the fun and joy of digital audio- and video- life.

 

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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Hillcrest Press Contacts:

Renee Burch, JLM Partners, Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, renee@jlmpartners.com, 206-381-3600 or Jeremy Pemble, JLM Partners, Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, jeremy@jlmpartners.com, 206-381-3600

 

Hillcrest Labs Selected by Coolpad for Low Power Sensor Hub in New Smartphones

- Hillcrest’s Freespace® Sensor Hub Software Powers “Always On” Gestures and Context Awareness on Coolpad’s Android™ Smartphones -

Rockville, MD – June 23, 2014 – Hillcrest Labstoday announced that Coolpad Group (previously China Wireless), the seventh-largest global smartphone OEM[1], is using Hillcrest’s sensor hub software to enable always on sensing on Coolpad smartphones. Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace® software will run on Atmel’s low-power microcontroller solutions to provide high performance sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and always on context awareness capabilities, with dramatically lower power consumption and extended battery life. Additional details, such as smartphone models or pricing, were not disclosed.

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“Coolpad realizes that sensors are critical to differentiate its functionality and maintain its dramatic growth in the global smartphone market,” said Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hillcrest Labs. “We’re proud to have been selected by Coolpad to provide the sensor hub functionality that will define its new mobile experience and enable context awareness, augmented reality, improved navigation, and better gaming.”

“The demand for sophisticated sensor hubs continues to rise within the global mobile industry to meet consumers’ insatiable appetite for more compelling apps and better user experiences,” said Frank Zhang, Vice President at Coolpad Group. “Hillcrest provides us with a unique combination of features that enable low power, high performance mobile sensor hubs.Coolpad has constantly focused its D&R resources on creative technologies and products. Coolpad has launched healthcare devices and a smartwatch, called Coolwatch. We’re delighted to use best elements from supply chains all over the world.”

Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor for mobile phones and other devices. They reduce the power requirements to add always on sensing in smartphones, tablets, and wearables devices such as activity monitors, smartwatches, and head mounted displays (HMDs). This enables gesture control, context awareness, pedestrian navigation, augmented reality, health and fitness monitoring, and immersive gaming. Hillcrest’s sensor hub software products combine an array of sophisticated algorithms to provide low power, high performance sensor fusion and transform sensor data into valuable application-ready information.

Coolpad’s use of Freespace technology is further evidence of the technology’s importance for the global smartphone market. It also marks another major, Asia-based consumer electronics OEM to adopt Hillcrest’s technology. Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software was recently named a finalist for the prestigious 2014 EE Times and EDN ACE award for Internet of Things (IoT) Technology, Service, or End Application of the Year. The SH-1 was nominated for its ability to change the consumer experience of IoT devices by extending battery life and adding new functionality.

For more information about Coolpad, please visit: www.Coolpad.com.hk. 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 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 that have licensed or use Hillcrest’s motion technology include: Atmel, Eastman Kodak, Hisense, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Logitech, Oppo, Roku, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, Universal Electronics (UEI), and others.

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.

All company names and trademarks remain property of their respective owners.

 

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Hillcrest Press Contacts:

Renee Burch, JLM Partners Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, renee@jlmpartners.com, 206-381-3600 or Jeremy Pemble, JLM Partners Inc. for Hillcrest Labs, jeremy@jlmpartners.com, 206-381-3600

 

[1] Source: Canalys Q3 2013 Report

Hillcrest Labs Selected by Lenovo to Bring Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Smart TVs

- Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Lenovo’s Android™ Smart TVs –

 Rockville, MD – April 22, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs announced today that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled on April 16 for sale across China.

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Hillcrest Labs and Bosch Sensortec Collaborate on Sensor Hub Solution for Head-Mounted Displays and Wearable Devices

- Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software included on Bosch Sensortec’s BNO070 9-axis system in package (SiP) for head-mounted displays -

San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs (“Hillcrest”) and Bosch Sensortec  today announced a partnership to launch a new sensor solution for head-mounted displays (HMDs). The BNO070 solution includes Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software running on Bosch Sensortec’s 9-axis system in package (SiP), which features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a 32-bit microcontroller in a single package. The solution is optimized for the HMD market, and can be customized for other wearable computing applications. Hillcrest and Bosch Sensortec will begin sampling the new BNO070 to key development partners in mid-2014.  [Read more…]

Hillcrest Labs Named Finalist Of Prestigious 2014 Ee Times And Edn Ace Award For Internet Of Things Technology Of The Year

- Hillcrest’s Low Power SH-1 Sensor Hub is Among Industry’s Elite – 

Rockville, MD – February 27, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs, a leading global supplier of software and hardware for motion-enabled products, today announced it was named a finalist in UBM Tech’s EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards (http://ubm-ace.com) for Internet of Things (IoT) Technology, Service, or End Application of the Year. Hillcrest was nominated for its SH-1 sensor hub software package, which is changing the consumer experience of IoT devices by extending battery life and adding new functionality. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor for mobile phones and other devices. [Read more…]

Hillcrest Labs Brings Advanced Motion Control to Oppo Mobile Devices

- Hillcrest to Power Accurate and Intuitive Gesture Recognition on Oppo Smartphones -

Rockville, MD – February 24, 2014 Hillcrest Labs today announced that Oppo, a leading Chinese CE manufacturer and smartphone OEM, is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® software to provide advanced motion-based functionality on their latest smartphones. Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionElements software will enable intuitive gesture recognition to simplify the user experience for smartphone users. Additional details, such as smartphone models or pricing, were not disclosed. [Read more…]

SMK Electronics and Hillcrest Labs to Unveil New Low Cost ‘Motion Sensing’ Remote Control at CES 2014

- New TV Remote Delivers 6-Axis In-Air Pointing Using Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine Lite and Bluetooth® Smart Low Energy RF Technologies -

Las Vegas, NV; Rockville, MD; and Chula Vista, CA – January 8, 2014 – To meet the need for power efficient handheld pointing controllers in Smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players and Windows 8 PCs, SMK Electronics and Hillcrest Labs have collaborated to create a new low cost ‘motion sensing’ consumer remote control solution. The new remote, to be manufactured and marketed by SMK Electronics, delivers 6-axis in-air pointing and precise cursor control utilizing Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine Lite software in combination with Bluetooth® Smart advanced remote control technology from Texas Instruments (TI).

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