nRFready Smart Remote
Nordic partners with Movea for motion enabled TV remote controls
News Release from:
Nordic Semiconductor ASA
30 March 2012
Movea announced today its technology partnership with Nordic Semiconductor ASA for the development of new and innovative, motion-enabled 2.4GHz RF remote control reference design. The nRFready Smart Remote is a complete hardware and software reference design for advanced browsing control of the latest Internet-enabled and Web 2.0-enabled TVs and set-top boxes (STBs).
The nRFready™ 2.4GHz RF Smart Remote reference design features a multi-touch enabled TouchPad™, a miniaturized QWERTY keyboard, a 6-axis motion sensing solution (3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope), and an ultra low power accelerometer. The RF connectivity is enabled by Nordic's nRF24LE1 System-on-Chip (SoC) and Gazell™ 2.4GHz RF protocol stack. Movea's SmartMotion firmware is ported to the SoC's integrated microcontroller. This is a complete off-the-shelf system, providing Nordic customers with a motion-enabled solution ready to be integrated within remote control and other computer peripheral designs.
Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea, explained, As TVs are becoming smarter, streaming content from several sources, offering new applications and games, the need for smarter remotes to navigate through the interface is obvious to sustain an enjoyable home entertainment experience. Current remotes cluttered with buttons are too clumsy and slow, motion control bundled with Movea's gesture libraries, delivers a more intuitive and efficient way to navigate the user interface. We are delighted to work with Nordic to develop the next generation of remote control that will lead the path to an improved home entertainment.
Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO at Oslo-based Nordic, added, Connected or 'Smart' TVs are expected to hit 800 million units by 2016 according to some estimates and we believe the revolution is in motion. Pixel accurate in-air pointing and advanced gesture recognition willbring the ease of use and faster control to Smart TV remote controls. Nordic's ultra-low power RF solutions and Movea's motion-processing technology is the perfect combination for next generation remote controls. This is because low cost RF connectivity is essential to support motion control and in turn, our customers recognise that motion control is a critically important feature for navigating today's complex multimedia user interfaces. Nordic is pleased to be collaborating with the market leader in this technology.