Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): eyeSight, Facebook, Vevo, YouTube, Motorola Mobility, ABN

Touch Free technology by eyeSight

--eyeSight Launches Gesture-Recognition and Hand-Tracking Technology for the Set-Top Box Market
--Report: Facebook in Talks to Take Vevo from YouTube
--Motorola Equipment to Enable Malaysia's ABN to Offer ITV, VOD and Other Advanced Services

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • At CES earlier this month, Israeli gestural control specialist, eyeSight Mobile Technologies, unveiled gesture-recognition and hand-tracking technology specifically designed for the set-top box market. "eyeSight offers service providers and OEM's of set-top boxes, as well as STB chipset and SoC manufacturers, a gesture-recognition solution which can be pre-installed on the device or integrated post-market," the company states in its press materials. "The solution...can be easily embedded using eyeSight's SDK which is available for Android, Linux [and] Windows as well as other operating systems. The technology enables the use of a variety of hand gestures to control STB functions and applications: simple motions can be used to switch channels, play games, flip through photos in a gallery or videos on YouTube, and more. In addition, eyeSight's hand-tracking capabilities allow users to benefit from virtual-mouse/remote control functions such as touch-free 'point and click.' Set-top boxes, which are already camera-enabled for video conferencing solutions, now offer gesture-recognition technology alongside video-call capabilities, using the same, simple 2D camera...eyeSight's basic requirement is for the device to be either connected to or embedded with a standard 2D camera, thus enabling full functionality of the gesture-recognition technology. A set-top box integrated with eyeSight's technology and a simple USB-connected webcam are sufficient even for far distance touch-free controls, thus eliminating any requirements from the TV device."
  • Facebook has held talks with Vevo about replacing YouTube as the music-video service's host site, according to an article by CNET's Greg Sandoval, which cites "sources with knowledge of the talks." While Vevo's contract with YouTube doesn't expire for another year, talks are said to have taken place at least twice.
  • Motorola Mobility said last week that it has been tapped to provide Malaysia's Asian Broadcasting Network (ABN) with equipment and services to launch a digital cable network in the second quarter. "Within the next five years, the new network will give six million households access to more than 200 channels of news, education, entertainment, movies, sports and local programming," Motorola states in its press materials. "Motorola's technology will enable ABN to also support future services such as video-on-demand, social TV and interactive gaming, alongside high-speed Internet and voice services, establishing ABN as a true triple-play provider...As the main technology provider, Motorola Mobility will provide ABN the digital headend, the set-top boxes and broadband access equipment and design services necessary to build the advanced Hybrid Fiber-Coax (HFC) network for triple-play services in Malaysia. The digital headend includes the complete chain of satellite receivers, MPEG-4 encoders and storage systems. HFC combines optical fiber and coaxial cabling as the vehicle for content to be delivered to households. Its ability to deliver high-performance broadband services translates to a richer TV viewing experience, combined with faster and more reliable Internet access. ABN subscribers will also get the latest high-definition cable set-top boxes from Motorola Mobility for a more enjoyable home entertainment experience."
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