Philips uWand partners with CSR for Bluetooth voice recognition

May 29, 2014 08.59 Europe/London By Robert Briel

uwand_userThe Bluetooth Smart remote platform from Wireless technology innovator CSR has been integrated into Philips’ uWand reference design, a complete firmware and hardware solution for developing pointing and gesture based remote controls.

The CSR Smart Remote platform is an end-to-end solution with CSR1010, part of the CSR µEnergy range, and the CSR8510 to enable data transfer between a remote control and TV or STB. When coupled with Philips’ camera-based direct pointing technology, manufacturers using uWand can expect optimal battery life and an intuitive television navigation experience.

“We wanted to ensure manufacturers using uWand could also count on a seamless Bluetooth Smart connectivity experience,” says Navin Natoewal, general manager at Philips Business Group Media Interaction.

“We are happy to work with CSR’s µEnergy range because the company has an unequalled market heritage, having helped write the Bluetooth Smart standard, and this is reflected in its powerful platforms which offer advanced features without compromising battery life. Coupled with our unique pointing and gesture control technology, the uWand enables remote controls with fluid and accurate direct control.”

Philips uWand also offers manufacturers the opportunity to integrate voice recognition in to their remote control solutions. In addition to communicating gestures, the CSR1010 is able to communicate voice commands over a Bluetooth Smart connection – further expanding the boundaries of Bluetooth Smart technology.

“Today’s wireless remote controls need to cope with seamlessly navigating a range of services – allowing consumers to browse the web, play games and access video on demand services – while not having to regularly charge their devices,” says Anthony Murray, SVP, Business Group at CSR.

“Our Smart Remote platform enables developers to bring market-leading products with this experience to market and we are delighted to be working with Philips uWand to deliver a more intuitive, direct pointing solution.”