In case you've been living under a rock: motion controls are all the rage these days. And it's not just console makers who want in on the action. ASUS, Philips and Hillcrest Labs have all launched their own takes on the tech. Movea is a company that's well versed in the field, and now plans to start offering its wares direct to TV and set-top box manufacturers. The MoveTV platform offers not only remote control tech to OEMs, but opens up the company's tools to developers for building games and apps. Movea even announced its first partners: C&M Media, a major cable provider in Korea, and Remote Solution. Remote Solution will be licensing Movea's SmartMotion and integrating MoveTV into the set-tops provided to C&M. Soon enough using gestures to change channels and playing arm-flailing renditions of Angry Birds on your cable box could be the norm. Check out the video, PR and one more pic after the break.
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Movea Launches MoveTV™ Platform
First Ecosystem Solution to Enable a Complete Motion-Driven Entertainment Experience for PayTV Market
Grenoble, France – September 9, 2011 – Movea, the pioneer in motion-sensing and motion-control technologies, today launched MoveTV™, a new SmartMotion® solution for the PayTV market that provides entertainment ecosystem players a single platform on which to create a complete motion-enabled end user experience. MoveTV is a unique platform that advances and simplifies the integration of motion powered entertainment for TV consumers. For the first time, service providers, game and application developers, remote control and STB manufacturers, TV OEMs and system integrators, can all leverage a unifying platform and easily incorporate motion technology in their products using Movea's SmartMotion technologies.
"Motion powered entertainment in the living room is quickly growing beyond console-based gaming to encompass the television viewing experience as PayTV service providers adopt motion control to improve the User Experience and pave the way for valuable new interactive TV services," said Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea. "MoveTV is the first platform that takes an ecosystem approach, offering an integrated suite of SmartMotion technology components tailored to the needs of service providers, application developers and the different PayTV ecosystem partners. MoveTV platform components work together seamlessly on the backend and are designed to be modular, giving ecosystem partners the flexibility to adopt different levels of motion-driven functionality and capabilities. Movea's MoveTV is in the integration phase with major service providers and STB manufacturers, and is in the deployment phase with ODM's and systems integrators, demonstrating the market enthusiasm for motion-enabled home entertainment products. We've already seen very good traction in the marketplace for MoveTV and we're looking forward to some exciting customer announcements in the near future."
Key components of MoveTV platform include Air MotionIC® firmware, GestureBuilder, and SmartMotion Server. Air MotionIC firmware is an optimized embedded solution that brings motion intelligence to handheld devices like remote controls. GestureBuilder creates and manages databases of 2D and 3D gestures. SmartMotion Server forms the bridge between the remote control device and the applications running on the STB or DTV. White label Smartphone and Tablet apps are also part of the MoveTV platform and are offered to service providers as an alternative to traditional remote controls for delivering an enhanced user experience.
Paul O'Donovan, Principal Analyst for Consumer Electronics Research at Gartner, concluded, "Motion-enabled entertainment in the home has been largely limited to game consoles where the console OEM's control the entire solution. By comparison, TV OEM's, service providers and application developers only own pieces of the entertainment experience and, as a result, they have been individually challenged to create large enough value proposition around motion for the end user. A platform solution like MoveTV is what's needed to enable the PayTV ecosystem to work together in a unifying environment to deliver more excitement, fun and value to the consumer."
SmartMotion by Movea
Movea is a leading provider of motion processing software, firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products, meaning reduced risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features that create more end-user value. Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world. Further information about Movea can be found at www.movea.com.
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Remote Solution Selects Movea to Motion-Enable Korean Cable Operator New Remote Control
Movea's SmartMotion® Technology enables C&M Media to enhance Digital TV services
Booth 3.A54 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Remote Solution of Korea announced today a strategic partnership with Movea to license the company's patented SmartMotion Technology and deploy components of the company's new MoveTV™ solution for Interactive TV. Remote Solution will showcase MoveTV solution capabilities in a remote control device undertaken for a leading Korean Cable Operator, C&M Media, at IBC in Stand # 3.A54.
As a global leader of remote control devices and headquartered in Kimchon, Korea, Remote Solution has been at the forefront of technology and driving innovative control devices for a new wave of Set-Top Boxes (STBs) and Digital TV services.
"At IBC 2011, Remote Solution will present the SmartMotion enabled remote control undertaken for C&M Media, the second largest Cable Operator in the Korean market," said S.K. Park, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Remote Solution. "The remote control and Movea's MoveTV solution offered us a turnkey solution to quickly deliver new motion-driven features and capabilities to market, saving us months of development time. We're now able to offer unique ways of interacting with content, drive adoption of new TV services, such as interactive games, and improve User Interface navigation to provide an enhanced entertainment experience that drives subscriber retention."
"We are pleased to partner with Remote Solution, a leading remote control manufacturer, to deliver MoveTV solutions that help deliver a complete motion-enabled entertainment experience for consumers," said Bryan Hoadley, Executive VP & GM of Movea Inc. "Through its adoption of MoveTV, Remote Solution and its customer C&M Media are demonstrating their commitment to deliver a better user experience and more end-user value to the Korean Cable Television market. We are excited to be working with these leaders in the PayTV market."
"We look forward to deploying this advanced SmartMotion remote control device, with the support of our partner Remote Solution. The device, and Movea's proven technology, will help us extend our reach with digital television subscribers," stated Mr. Jin Woong Ko, Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director of C&M Media.
Remote Solution will be exhibiting at RAI Convention Center during IBC on September 9th -13th at Stand # 3.A54 and meeting with its European Service Providers customers and International business targets. Through these product demonstrations and discussions with Service Providers and STB suppliers, Remote Solution is reinforcing its commitment to integrate motion sensing with advanced pointing devices, using Movea's IP, and deliver on the promise of motion-driven UI's for navigating digital media services.
Movea's patented SmartMotion processing technologies, have been perfected and commercially proven over more than 20 years of development and ensure jitter-free, pixel accurate control with smooth and precise movement that is as simple and intuitive to use as "point and click".
MoveTV is a complete solution for the Interactive TV market, built on Movea's MotionIC™ platform, which includes SmartMotion enabled remote control reference designs, SmartMotion Server software for the Set-Top Box (STB), advanced gesture recognition, as well as Smartphone and Tablet apps for controlling the STB and Digital TV. MoveTV also includes GestureBuilder™, a gesture creation software, that comes with libraries of gestures that can further improve the User Experience over basic motion control. It allows simpler interactions with rich media content and applications, as well as enabling innovative features, such as air-signature user authentication, empowering service providers to offer personalized content recommendations, user preferences, targeted advertising and more.
Remote Solution was founded in 1994, and is headquartered in Kimchon, Korea, and operates four manufacturing sites in Kimchon Korea, Dong Guan and Nan Jing China, in addition to a new production site in Thailand. Its global customers include LG, Samsung, Daewoo, Hitachi, Tivo, Harmon, Control 4, Echostar, Comcast, Virgin, Ono, C&M Media, etc.
C&M Co., Ltd. Engages in the cable television business in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do region of South Korea. The company operates multiple systems that hold 16 cable television broadcasting stations. It offers digital broadcasting, such as HD personal video recorder, HD channels, VOD services, paid channels, and data broadcastings; high speed internet services, and internet telephone services to its customers. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
Movea is a leading provider of motion processing chips, software, firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products, meaning reduced risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features that create more end-user value. Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world. Further information about Movea can be found at www.movea.com.