|[January 03, 2013]
Universal Electronics Inc. Showcases a Comprehensive Line-up of Innovative Product Concepts and Solutions that Redefine Entertainment Control in the Home
SANTA ANA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), a worldwide leader in
universal remote control technologies and control interfaces, is
bringing the latest innovations in universal control and accessories for
connected home entertainment to CES (News - Alert) 2013.
Key Technology Demonstrations
At this year's CES, UEI will demonstrate several new universal remote
concepts and second screen solutions for complete universal control of
home entertainment devices:
Making Smart Devices an Integral Part of the Home Entertainment
Tablets and smartphones are quickly becoming a regular part of the home
entertainment ecosystem. According to Nielsen Research, almost 90
percent of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. use their smart
screen device while watching TV at least once during a month; almost 70%
are doing this several times a week.
With several design wins on leading mobile handset and tablet device
manufacturers under their belt, UEI will demonstrate their comprehensive
solution for embedded control in 2nd screen devices. This
includes their global device control database and industry-leading UEI
QuickSet, coupled with features such as Cloud Services, and a
comprehensive range of small footprint infrared microcontrollers for
quick integration in any smart device.
UEI Control Plus
Simplify the home entertainment setup and control experience across all
AV devices with UEI Control Plus. This solution addresses common
consumer challenges in universal device control, such as mode confusion
and input switching. With UEI Control Plus technology, consumers switch
easily between activities and reliably view their chosen content source.
Features of this product include:
Automated Setup - automatically detects and sets up most IP and
Dynamic Key Mapping - remote buttons automatically map to appropriate
devices based on the active content source device
One Touch View (OTV) - a single button press instantly gets the user
to their chosen content.
Smart device integration - brings universal control into second screen
New Product Concepts
In its 21st year of demonstrating new innovative solutions at CES, UEI
brings a host of new product concepts to their booth to showcase new use
cases and technology applications that redefine the role of
entertainment control in the home. Highlights include:
Multi-Room, "Follow Me" Remote
Building on UEI's Unversal Remote Control API, which makes integration
and implementation of remote control features easier and more flexible,
the Follow Me remote concept is applicable to Service Provider Zigbee
RF4CE platforms and multi-room client-server set-top box systems, where
a remote control can be as portable as the content, as it moves from
room to room allowing users to pick up content viewing where they left
off without any user intervention.
Touch to Share - NFC Sharing
Forrester Research (News - Alert) predicted that the final number of NFC-enabled mobile
devices shipping worldwide would more than double in 2012 to nearly 100
million. UEI embeds this emerging technology in a remote control to
demonstrate easy sharing of video from smart device to connected TV and
improved integration of second screen ad-related content with the
primary viewing screen for synchronizing with companion apps, all with a
single tap of the remote to the smartphone.
Bluetooth Smart Connectivity Solutions
UEI will demonstrate a line of connected remote and personal accessory
concepts with embedded Bluetooth Smart ("low energy") enabling a host of
interesting possibilities in mobile device interactivity between remote
and smartphone. These applications can extend beyond just universal AV
control. For example, service providers can offer new enhanced services
such as health and fitness monitoring by simply embedding these
technologies in the most used device in the home, the remote control.
Ubiquitous Connectivity Solutions with Wi-Fi Direct
UEI will demonstrate the use of a Wi-Fi Direct remote to simplify
integration of features such as gesture and voice control as well as
user identification for a more personalized user experience. A Wi-Fi
Direct solution requires minimal integration effort with host devices
and no additional hardware on existing Wi-Fi implementations.
Another annual tradition for UEI at CES is their designovation showcase,
blending design and user experience to create products that are both
aesthetically beautiful and functional to ensure successful product
adoption. This year at CES, UEI will show three new design concepts
including UEI Cocoon, which uses a single AA or AAA battery integrated
with a new power efficient Maxim chipset and UEI's Low Energy IR
firmware for an eco-friendly remote control solution that delivers the
same performance as traditional two battery remotes in a sleek design
that minimizes raw material use.
UEI Ludo is another unique design concept that delivers a single, unique
remote platform to address the roll out of interactive gaming on
connected TVs, blending emerging trends in next generation entertainment
devices such as lean back control, casual gaming, and interactive
"gamepad" gaming all in one design platform.
Invited guests are welcome to visit Universal Electronics and experience
live demonstrations at booth 20211 in South Hall 1 at the International
Consumer Electronics Show, January 8-11, 2013.
About Universal Electronics
Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader
in wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs,
develops, and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to
control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems. The
company's broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of
infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500
companies in the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and
computing industries. UEI sells and licenses wireless control products
through distributors and retailers under the One For All® brand name.
More information is available at www.uei.com.
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