Rockville, Md. -
unveiled Tuesday the newest version of its Kylo free web browser for television.
The Kylo browser is designed to let users view content from their PCs and Macs on connected TV screens.
It was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the living room, family room or dorm room.
Meanwhile, Hillcrest said it is making its Loop air pointer/mouse available as a companion product at a $69 street price in the U.S. for a limited time. The offer marks a $30 savings from the usual price.
The latest version of the Kylo browser (Kylo Beta 0.8) is available for free via download at
The company said that current Kylo users are reporting a high level of satisfaction and their feedback was used in developing the latest version.
New enhancements include:
* an instant visual search feature that provides thumbnails of images as users begin to type search terms, enabled by a new integration with Clicker.tv;
* a simplified user interface;
*improved bookmark management and customization; and
* tighter product integration for users of Windows Media Center.
The Kylo browser is designed to do the work of PC-centric browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox on TV screens.
The system is said not to be a "walled garden" of aggregated video content, but rather a true web browser that lets users go where they want across the Internet.
Compared with conventional browsers, the Kylo browser provides more onscreen viewing space and less visual clutter, larger fonts and buttons for easy navigation from across the room, an easy-to-use onscreen keyboard, and zoom-and-pan capability for enhanced viewing, Hillcrest said.
"Kylo is the simplest, most open and affordable way to enjoy web content on TV," stated Dan Simpkins, Hillcrest Labs founder and CEO. "For the vast majority of households that already own a computer, there is no need to buy a separate box or pay additional subscription fees in order to enjoy the entire web on TV. With our new product enhancements, Kylo is an even better browser than before, and we are very proud to offer a version for the U.K. for the first time."