Could we be seeing the beginning of a QWERTY trend in the living room? We can only hope -- the latest to join in on the fun is Motorola, which has just introduced its new NYXboard remote at IBC 2010. Unlike the TiVo Slide, this one packs a standard TV remote on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other, and -- here's the real kicker -- some sensors that recognize which side is facing up and deactivate the buttons not in use, an idea we've been waiting for. What's more, Motorola says this one will be available by the end of the year, but actual availability to customers will likely depend on the cable companies providing the set-top boxes. Also unveiled at the show is the NYXgreen, a rechargeable remote powered by super capacitors that can supposedly last for two weeks after being charged by USB for just 60 seconds, plus a pair of decidedly more standard remotes that are available immediately. Head on past the break for the press release, and hit up the gallery below for a look at the whole lot.
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Motorola Introduces New Range of IPTV Accessory Products at IBC 2010

New additions provide style, environmental efficiency and innovative tools to navigate the Internet Era of TV


September 10, 2010

AMSTERDAM – IBC 2010 – September 10, 2010 – Motorola, Inc (NYSE: MOT) today introduced the latest accessories for its industry-leading IPTV set-tops. Meeting the demands of today's connected TV experience; the range of remote control units (RCU) are on show at this year's IBC (Motorola stand, Hall 1 F30).

NYXgreen: The NYXgreen and dock is Motorola's environmentally friendly RCU option. Eliminating traditional batteries, the RCU is powered by super capacitors, which can last for up to two weeks of use after charging via USB for just 60 seconds. Available by the end of 2010, this unit is particularly well suited to the hotel environment where maintaining batteries proves costly and inefficient. Looking forward, Motorola is collaborating with the Ångström Laboratory of Uppsala University on an innovative algae battery.

YXboard: The NYXboard combines the traditional remote control form with a full keyboard to create a more intuitive navigational experience for sophisticated interactive TV services as well as traditional linear TV. Able to control both the set-top and television set, the NYXboard has sensors to recognise which side of the remote is being used in order to activate the buttons accordingly. The keyboard function answers the demands of navigating content in the Internet Era of TV, such as searching through larger and more complex on-demand libraries or accessing web content on the TV. NYXboard will be available by the end of 2010

M-TREM and MRCU180-BL: Also on show at IBC is the high quality mid-range M-TREM and the MRCU180-BL, which adds backlighting to the buttons on this already popular unit. Both the M-TREM and MRCU180-BL are available to ship today.

"Motorola's latest RCUs are the perfect accessories for the Internet Era of TV, where consumers must find relevant content in the infinite catalog of entertainment. Whether they want a device boasting style, innovation or environmental efficiency, Motorola has a solution to meet their needs" commented Keith Kelley, vice president and general manager EMEA & Asia Pacific consumer premise equipment, Motorola Mobility.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

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