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Roku Licenses Hillcrest Motion Tech For Media Box Game Remote

The motion controller used for gameplay in Roku's new Roku 2 line of media boxes uses technology developed by Hillcrest Labs, the company that recently settled with Nintendo over a patent dispute.

Frank Cifaldi, Contributor

August 19, 2011

1 Min Read

The Wii-like motion controller used for gameplay on Roku's new line of media players utilizes technology licensed from Hillcrest Labs, the company recently revealed. The motion controller is utilized for casual games, which Roku is pushing in its new set-top box (the original Roku models were entirely focused on still images and movies). The company has been working on casual game licensing partnerships, including a timed set-top box exclusive for Rovio's Angry Birds. The remote specifically uses Hillcrest's Freespace technology, also used in its its Loop-branded air mouse. Besides Roku, clients that have licensed Hillcrest tech include LG Electronics and Logitech. Hillcrest was recently awarded a settlement out of court in a patent infringement suit against Nintendo over technology used in its Wii Remote.

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Frank Cifaldi


Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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