Bluetooth maker Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) said Thursday it has partnered with Philips Home Control of Koninklijke Philips Electronics (PHG) to develop new remote control devices that it says will help transform the television, set-top-box and Blue-ray experience.
Broadcom will apply its Bluetooth and other technologies to Philips’ remotes so they can be used to control home entertainment systems via subtle movements.
The gestural technology allows consumers to use a touchpad to browse through a greater variety of menu options, similar to how a consumer might use a laptop.
The companies said technologies such as these will become increasingly important as TVs and Blue-ray Disc players connect more to the Internet.
“Consumer electronics products are currently undergoing a fast transformation, evolving rapidly from passive devices to more dynamic, connected portals for entertainment, communication and more,” said general manager of the OEM business at Philips Home Control Jean-Paul Abrams. “Similarly, the remote control is also changing to accommodate the breadth of new features becoming available.”
Bluetooth will also enable other methods of integration on home entertainment systems, including Bluetooth-enabled 3D glasses and voice-over Internet protocol applications, such as Skype.