Movea, Universal Electronics pact on motion sensing remote platform

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 11, 2012

The next advancement in remote controls lies in motion sensing, which greatly enhances the user interaction beyond the traditional multi-button remote control.

Movea, a provider of motion processing software, firmware, and IP for the consumer electronics industry and Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), a player in wireless control technology for the connected home, have come together to develop and demonstrate Movea's MotionIC platform on Universals's "UEI WaveMotion" remote control platform reference design.

"Over the past 25 years, UEI has become one of the premier designers and manufacturers of innovative remote controls for a variety of applications, and we are excited to provide SmartMotion processing solutions to UEI," said Bryan Hoadley, Movea's EVP of WW Sales & Marketing and President of Movea Inc.



"The next advancement in remote controls lies in motion sensing, which greatly enhances the user interaction beyond the traditional multi-button remote control to deliver an engaging user experience for navigating between multiple content streams, applications and games that make up today's home entertainment systems," said Arsham Hatambeiki, Executive Director of Applied Innovations at UEI.

The UEI WaveMotion remote control platform will be among the first to integrate 3 axis accelerometer and 3 axis gyroscope technologies, which, combined with Movea's SmartMotion technology, enable pixel accurate in-air pointing, advanced gesture recognition, 3D menu navigation and custom gesture based sign-on. For example, a flick, swipe, up and down, can be used to provide fast, intuitive menu control, more sophisticated gestures such as letters and numbers become inputs for shortcuts, and personalised gestures unlock user profile to give access personal features and preferences enabling easier navigation through menus and faster access to desired programs and applications.
Movea announces 3D motion reference design 

In an unrelated development, Movea has announced its 3D motion remote reference design based on InvenSense MPU-6150. This is based on Movea's Air MotionIC firmware using InvenSense's MPU-6150, the world's first and smallest 6-axis MotionTracking device on a single chip with a built-in Digital-Motion-Processor (DMP), providing a complete motion enabled remote control reference design. This reference design enables Movea and InvenSense customers take advantage of an off-the-shelf, ready-to-use motion-interface solution to provide enhanced user interface navigation and home entertainment control through motion.

According to Movea, some studies have shown that commanding a home entertainment system with hand gestures is much quicker than accessing programs and navigating through menus with up/down/left/right buttons. Motion-enabled remotes allow for a more intuitive and easy to use way to juggle between the different streams of content, applications and games composing the new generation of Interactive TV.

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