LONDON Ė Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. (Rockville, Maryland) has announced that Intel's reference design for IPTV set-top boxes (STBs) and media servers will use Hillcrest's Freespace pointing and motion control technology.
Control of the TV or STB still requires a handheld remote control but allows mouse-like gestures to control the unit, Hillcrest said.
The Freespace MotionEngine software that is included in the MSRD by Intel offers the ability to detect mouse-like gestures, including swiping and drag-and-drop at high resolution and is based on RF, rather than infrared or optical, remote control technology. This also allows non line-of-sight operation.
The MSRD is based on a dual-core Atom-based system chip that includes 3D/2D graphics rendering, an H.264 hardware decoder power management. The design kit will be available in April 2013 from Intel and through its distributor Videon Central.
"With Freespace, we're creating an out-of-the box, motion-ready reference solution for operators and OEMs globally," said Ran Senderovitz, general manager of the service provider division marketing at Intel, in a statement by Hillcrest.
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