Skyworth taps Hillcrest to enable smart TV advanced control
| 06 October 2014
Leading Chinese TV brand Skyworth is to use Hillcrest’s patented motion software in its new line of smart TVs to enable advanced motion, gesture and cursor control.

Hillcrest’s FreespaceMotionEngineSmart TV software will see use navigating and interacting with the range of content, games and apps available on Skyworth’s Android-based smart TVs.

Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and 3D motion control of smart TVs through in-air movements of a remote control. This is said to be particularly important for Android TVs, as the user must control the experience from a distance using a remote control rather than holding a device, such as a smartphone. Freespace also replicates the point-to-select and motion controls commonly used by Android applications on mobile devices, to enable the same interactivity.

The deal marks the sixth time that a major smart TV platform has used Hillcrest’s technology following LG, TCL, Hisense, Lenovo and Roku. Hillcrest’s technology is also used in Coolpad and Oppo mobile devices, wearable computing platforms such as Kopin’s Golden-i HMD showcased by Verizon Wireless and is licensed by other leading companies, including Atmel, Intel, Logitech, SMK Electronics, Sony, Universal Electronics (UEI).

“Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine is key to enabling enhanced user experiences, as it enables improved content navigation, better gaming options and simple Web browsing across Skyworth’s Android-powered Smart TVs,” commented Meng Wang, marketing director at Skyworth. “With an extensive worldwide intellectual property portfolio and as a leader in motion-enabled products, Hillcrest will help us to provide the next evolution of living room entertainment with more innovative and intuitive smart TV capabilities.”

“As a leading TV brand in China, we’re proud Skyworth selected Freespace to provide advanced motion capabilities on its newest generation of smart TVs,” added Chad Lucien, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Hillcrest Labs. “Together, we look forward to bringing more compelling user interface navigation, motion gaming and gesture control to the rapidly growing Android smart TV market.”