Hillcrest Labs and Ozmo Team to Bring Next-Gen Motion and Wi-Fi Direct to Remote Controls, Smart TVs and More
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Hillcrest Labs, a market leader in multiplatform motion software and products, today announced an integrated motion sensing solution with Wi-Fi Direct technologies from fabless semiconductor company Ozmo Devices (Ozmo). The joint solution combines Hillcrest’s MotionEngine((TM)) Smart TV software with Ozmo’s ultra-low power, low-cost Wi-Fi Direct technologies for manufacturers of remote controls, Smart TVs, set-top boxes, and streaming media players.
“Together with Ozmo, we’re making it easier for manufacturers to bring to market solutions that take advantage of innovative Wi-Fi solutions and Hillcrest’s proven high-precision motion control,” said Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs. “We are proud to work with Ozmo to deliver a joint solution that enables more engaging interfaces for navigation and casual game play across a range of devices.”
“Ozmo’s ultra-low power Wi-Fi Direct single-chip solution is rapidly emerging as the technology of choice for wireless peripheral products, and integration with Hillcrest’s MotionEngine software provides a more compelling end-user experience,” said Bill McLean, CEO, Ozmo Devices. “Together, we will provide advanced motion technology combined with Wi-Fi’s seamless connectivity to enable the next evolution of living room entertainment.”
Multiple companies will unveil new products using the joint solution from Hillcrest and Ozmo in early 2013.
Freespace MotionEngine is the same software embedded in the line of Roku 2 streaming media players and LG’s Smart TVs. Other companies that have licensed Hillcrest’s technology for use in their products include: Eastman Kodak, Logitech, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., TCL Multimedia, Universal Electronics (UEI), and others. Hillcrest’s global intellectual property portfolio includes more than 200 patent filings, covering critical methods for motion control of Smart TVs and other motion systems.
Hillcrest has received numerous awards and recognitions including the prestigious CES Innovations Honoree Award multiple times, 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 natural motion control products is available at: www.hillcrestlabs.com. Follow Hillcrest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HillcrestLabs or Twitter at @HillcrestLabs.
Ozmo Devices develops innovative Wi-Fi compatible communication technologies that deliver cost-effective wireless personal area network (WPAN) connectivity for battery-operated devices. The Ozmo solution is ultra-low power and highly integrated, making it ideal for wireless peripheral applications that require a small form factor and long battery life. The company’s unique, patent-pending technology supports concurrent WLAN/WPAN connectivity utilizing standard Wi-Fi hardware. For more information on Ozmo Devices and its Wi-Fi Direct solution, visit: http://www.ozmodevices.com/.
About Hillcrest Labs
Hillcrest Laboratories (a.k.a. Hillcrest Labs) is a market leader in multiplatform motion software and products. The company provides motion solutions under the Freespace(®) brand for Smart TVs, Blu-ray and streaming media players, smartphones and tablets, game controllers, and other markets. For consumers, Hillcrest offers the Kylo(®) browser, a free Web browser for TV. For additional information, visit www.hillcrestlabs.com.
About Ozmo Devices
Ozmo Devices is the leading provider of ultra-low power Wi-Fi PAN solutions. Ozmo Devices extends the functionality of Wi-Fi-enabled platforms to seamlessly communicate with peripherals. Ozmo Devices’ silicon solution delivers superior performance for battery-powered wireless peripherals like remote controls, mice, and headsets. Ozmo Devices is backed by top-tier venture capital firms and managed by semiconductor industry veterans. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and has offices in the United Kingdom and Taiwan.
Hillcrest Labs, Freespace, and MotionEngine are trademarks of Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc. All company names and other trademarks remain property of their respective owners.
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