CSR and Philips uWand collaborate on next generation remote control

May 28, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
CSR plc has announced that its Bluetooth® Smart remote platform has been integrated into Philips’ uWand reference design, a complete firmware and hardware solution for developing pointing and gesture based remote controls.

The CSR Smart Remote platform is an end-to-end solution with CSR1010™, part of the CSR µEnergy® range, and the CSR8510™ to enable seamless data transfer between a remote control and TV or set-top-box (STB). When coupled with Philips’ camera-based direct pointing technology, manufacturers using uWand can expect optimal battery life and an intuitive television navigation experience.

Philips uWand also offers manufacturers the opportunity to integrate voice recognition in to their remote controls. In addition to communicating gestures, the CSR1010 is able to communicate voice commands over a Bluetooth Smart connection — further expanding the boundaries of Bluetooth Smart technology.

“Today’s wireless remote controls need to cope with seamlessly navigating a range of services - allowing consumers to browse the web, play games and access video on demand services — while not having to regularly charge their devices,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR.

The CSR µEnergy line-up of hardware and software products gives developers a complete environment to rapidly create new Bluetooth Smart enabled remote controls with long battery life and high responsiveness. The CSR µEnergy Remote Control Development Kit (RCDK) offers an SDK, a new graphical development tool and an application specific hardware development board at a low initial investment. The kit enables the rapid development of simple or complete next generation remote controls, like those enabled by uWand, with support for advanced features such as pointing, gesture and voice control.