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 before."
"Roku has 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."