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Broadcom and Philips Team to Transform the Remote Control Experience

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 7:31am
IRVINE, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcom Corporation announced that it has partnered with Philips Home Control to develop a new generation of remote control devices that will help transform the television, set-top box (STB), and Blu-ray Disc® player interface experience.

Broadcom® Bluetooth® technology has been instrumental in introducing and driving the adoption of gestural remote controls for video game consoles and the increasing universe of wirelessly connected devices.

In collaboration with Philips Home Control, Broadcom is now applying Bluetooth and other technologies to enable innovative remotes that can control the home entertainment experience with the wave of a hand, swipe of a finger, or strokes of a miniature keyboard. Broadcom and Philips will be demonstrating wireless gestural remote control technologies at the IBC 2010 tradeshow in Amsterdam, Netherlands starting September 10, 2010.

Key highlights include:

Gestural controls (which allow consumers to operate electronic devices by subtle movements of the device or a remote control) have quickly grown into a widely used method for interacting with electronic products, supplanting knobs, buttons and other interface mechanisms.

Gestural controls that provide input and control for casual games played directly on the television or STB are also being introduced.

Touchpad remote controls provide the mechanism to select among a greater variety of menu options, just as the user might use a laptop computer to navigate complicated interfaces.

As TVs and Blu-ray Disc players become more connected and STBs and digital televisions offer more "over-the-top" services, next-generation remote controls are required that can provide functionality similar to that provided by keyboards and mice for the PC or keypads for the smartphone.

Broadcom Bluetooth technology supports standards-based approaches to remote control functionality for consumer electronics products, as well as additional innovations developed to minimize latency and ensure a highly responsive user experience, even with the most subtle of gestures and movements.

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