PORTLAND, Ore.--Sony and LG have adopted Hillcrest Laboratories MEMS-enabled Freespace remote control technology for its 3-D and Internet-enabled TVs.
Televisions using Hillcrest's motion-processing remote control can make menu selections and press on-screen button by merely pointing at them with the MEMS-enabled remote control.
Hillcrest (Rockville, Md.) has been hawking its motion control technology that fuses the outputs from MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes in order to accurately control onscreen functions required for Internet surfing. The company has been supplying reference design kits to consumer electronics makers for some time, but Sony and LG mark their biggest design wins to date.
LG has announced it is using Hillcrest's Freespace technology in its Magic Wand remote control for its Infinia 3-D TVs. Sony Computer Entertainment has signed a worldwide IP licensing deal with Hillcrest for its Freescpace in-air pointing and motion-control technology, but Sony has not revealed with which TVs it will first be used.
Hillcrest's Freespace motion-control technology allows easier access to Internet-based applications by using a baton-shaped controller that looks like a regular remote control, but operates like a Nintendo Wii gaming controller. Feature include high-resolution pointing, no on-screen jitters caused by orientation or hand tremors and no need for the line-of-sight restrictions of traditional infrared remotes.
Hopefully this technology will operate over a larger distance than the Nintendo Wii gaming controller. When selecting Netflix streaming movies from our Wii gaming console we have to move closer to the TV than the chair we are sitting in order to get the jittery cursor under control. A minor annoyance, sure, but a design mistake I would not like to see repeated in this generation of MEMS-based remote controls.