Nordic to demo freespace pointing upgrade for RF Smart Remote reference design at ESC 2012

March 22, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Nordic Semiconductor ASA will be demonstrating a freespace pointing firmware upgrade for its existing nRFready 2.4 GHz RF Smart Remote reference design at ESC 201.

The nRFready 2.4 GHz RF Smart Remote reference design firmware upgrade will support one-handed freespace point and click control - similar to that of a regular PC wireless mouse but without the need for a flat surface - of the latest Internet-enabled and Web 2.0-enabled TVs and set-top boxes (STBs).

The nRFready 2.4 GHz RF Smart Remote reference design uses Nordic's proven nRF24LE1 SoC and Gazell 2.4 GHz RF protocol stack and includes all the necessary hardware for freespace pointing and clicking control built-in via an on-board 6-axis motion sensing solution from Invensense, and an ultra low power accelerometer from STMicroelectronics (in addition to a multi-touch enabled TouchPad from Synaptics and miniaturized QWERTY keyboard).

"What this firmware upgrade offers customers is a fast-track way to add freespace control to their nRFready 2.4GHz RF Smart Remotes that will work straight away without them having to get involved with any firmware design or development," commented Nordic R&D Engineer, Rune Brandsegg.

"With the growing popularity of Internet-enabled TVs and set-top boxes we are seeing an explosion in demand for advanced remote controls based on ultra low power radio solutions," commented Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor. "Freespace pointing is a particularly natural and intuitive way to navigate and browse all types of modern digital content and services - including audio, video, gaming, web browsing, social media, and online shopping - as it offers familiar mouse-like PC control without the need for a flat surface."

The nRFready 2.4 GHz RF Smart Remote reference design kit  (nRF6920) includes a Nordic Smart Remote baseboard, Smart Remote 2.4 GHz RF radio module, 2.4 GHz RF USB dongle, programming adapter, and a complete set of design files, software source code, and supporting documentation. 

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