PORTLAND, Ore. Targeting the Internet TV crowd, wireless chip maker Broadcom has formed a joint venture with Hillcrest Labs to make wireless gesture recognition chips. Hillcrest's MEMS-based technology will be integrated with Broadcom's wireless Bluetooth chips.
| Hillcrest Labs' Loop, a pointer-based TV remote, won a Consumer Electronics Show design award|
"This is an example of how MEMS technology is opening up whole new application areas by enabling the integration of motion control with wireless systems," said Karen Lightman, managing director of the MEMS Industry Group, which promotes MEMS techology.
Hillcrest's Freespace motion control and pointing technology, exemplified by its Loop in-air gesture recognition device, earned a Consumer Electronics Show Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award.
Other companies that have licensed Hillcrest's Freespace technology include Eastman Kodak, Logitech, Universal Electronics and ZillionTV.