TCL designs in Hillcrest's motion engine24 May 2012
The two companies have entered into a worldwide license agreement for TCL to use Hillcrest's Freespace in-air pointing and motion control solution in TCL�s products.
Hillcrest's MotionEngine is a motion processing software that interfaces with MEMS sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetic sensors, to produce motion data for a variety of use cases in a wide range of devices, including smart TVs, Blu-ray and streaming media players, smartphones and tablets, and game controllers.
Figure 1: Freespace MotionEngine for Smart TV is a software stack optimized for delivering motion processing for smart TV devices.
- Motion processing provided to the TCL Android Smart TV motion remote by the software translates hand movements into onscreen actions, replicating computer mouse-like functionality on the TV.
- TCL Android Smart TV remote does not have "line of sight" requirements for maintaining full control.
- Hillcrest's patented features, including orientation/roll compensation and adaptive tremor removal, allow the TV set to be controlled by small movements of the wrist and simple button clicks.
- Motion data from the MotionEngine software combined with the Freespace Gesture Recognition Engine enable about 50 unique gestures.
Hillcrest counts LG (smart TVs), Eastman Kodak, Logitech, SMK Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment and Universal Electronics among its customers. The TCL design win marks the second TV manufacturer to embedded Hillcrest's technology in its line of smart TVs, following LG. LG's upcoming G2 Magic Remote for its upcoming smart TV with Google TV, relies on Hillcrest's Freespace motion control technology.
The TCL design win has added significance nonetheless considering the latter's market position at No.5 in global LCD market share this (source: TCL).
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