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Hillcrest Tech Used In LG Magic Wand

8/26/2010 10:03:23 AM Eastern

Rockville, Md. - Hillcrest
Labs
said Thursday that LG and Sony are licensing its Freespace technology for
next-generation remote controls used in products shipping this year.

The company's Freespace in-air pointing and motion-control
technology is used in Magic Wand remote controls in select  Infinia TVs, including new 3D-ready,
Internet-connected HDTVs that are currently shipping in the Korean market and
will be available shortly here.

The sets add an enhanced Internet-connectivity package with
NetCast Entertainment Access.

A "Magic" user interface in the remotes brings together
Internet-based applications, television menus, embedded games and more using
simple hand motions to control an onscreen cursor on the television.

Consumers using the Magic Wand remote with Netcast will be able
to access and navigate Internet-based applications specifically designed for
the TV, without the need of a computer.

"Decades ago, the mouse transformed the entire computer industry,
and ushered in a new era of simplicity and interactivity for consumers around
the world," said Kwon IL Geun, LG LCD TV Lab VP. "Our new Infinia LED LCD HDTV
sets are positioned to do the same for television. Thanks to the pioneering
efforts of Hillcrest Labs, we have been able to create a first-of-its-kind,
mouse-like experience for television that was specifically designed for our new
connected TVs." 

Freespace technology can be added to wide variety of products,
including remote controls, game controllers, mobile handsets and PC peripherals,
Hillcrest said.