Rockville, Md. –
Hillcrest Labs announced today that Roku has licensed the company’s Freespace
MotionEngine software for use with its motion-sensing remote and its new line
of Roku 2 streaming players.
The Roku Game
Remote, which uses Hillcrest’s MotionEngine technology, provides motion-sensing
control utilized in game play and screen navigation for all three Roku 2 models
— the Roku 2 HD ($59.99), Roku 2 XD ($79.99) and Roku 2 XS ($99.99).
The Roku 2 XS
comes standard with the motion-sensing remote, while Roku 2 HD and Roku 2 XD
users can purchase the remote as an optional accessory.
“With the new
Roku 2 platform, we’re providing the most powerful streaming player on the
market, with the simplicity, breadth of content, and value for which we are
known,” said Rajeev Raman, Roku’s product VP. “Working with Hillcrest’s Freespace
technology, we designed an exciting motion control interface for
point-and-click and motion controlled casual games. With the flick of the wrist
users can play games like Angry Birds and enjoy more from Roku than ever
raised the stakes in the streaming player market, and they have introduced a
wonderful new casual gaming experience that consumers will love,” said Dan
Simpkins, CEO and founder of Hillcrest Labs.
“Beyond Roku 2’s elegant design and wide content selection, the new
remote delivers state-of-the art motion control technology in products of
exceptional value. We’re very proud to have been selected by Roku to play such
an important role in their next generation of devices.”