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ACCESS Collaborates with Philips to Enhance uWand Remote Touch Technology

Showcases Integration of uWand Solution and ACCESS’ NetFront Technologies in Joint Demonstration with Philips at IBC 2011 (September 8-13, Amsterdam RAI)

IBC, Amsterdam, – September 8, 2011 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that it will be jointly demonstrating unique new enhancements to Philips’ uWand point and 3D gesture control functions, including seamless access to digital content on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) home networks, enabled through the integration of ACCESS’ NetFront Life Browser and NetFront Life Connect technologies. The joint demonstrations will be presented in Philip’s uWand stand (1.A81) at IBC 2011, which runs from September 8th to the 13th in Amsterdam RAI.

NetFront Life Browser includes advanced user interface features that are optimized for gesture-based devices making it an ideal supporting application for uWand. The joint demonstrations will include a look at some of these features, including Unified Navigation, which integrates open web pages, visual bookmarks, and history into one screen. Unified Navigation enables uWand, users to quickly flick through open web pages, bookmarked pages or even their browsing history, enabling a remote touch and gesture-based browsing experience that is extremely fast, intuitive and completely unique.

Additional demonstrations will present NetFront Life Browser’s gesture-based web clipping and scrapbook features, which allow uWand users to point and clip content from the web. NetFront Life Connect, a DLNA Certified® application, will be used to demonstrate how the uWand remote touch interface can enable users to access and interact with the digital content on any DLNA Certified® device in their home network.

“The integration of NetFront Life Browser with Philip’s uWand direct pointing and 3D gesture technology provides compelling enhancements to the highly intuitive and natural, gesture-based user experience delivered by uWand,” says Navin Natoewal, General Manager Philips Media Interaction. “And NetFront Life Connect helps extend uWand’s user experience to the entire home network while also providing users with ready access to the digital content on the network. The addition of these technologies helps Philips provide device manufacturers and OEMs throughout the world with a solution that can dramatically enhance the functionality of their products.”

“We’re very pleased to be able to work with Philips to help enhance their exciting uWand direct pointing and 3D gesture technology,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS. “NetFront Life Browser was designed for tablets and mobile phones. With uWand we can now bring these advanced, gesture-based interface controls to a lean back and intuitive TV web browsing experience. In addition, ACCESS’ leadership in the DLNA market ensures that NetFront Life Connect seamlessly extends uWand’s user experience to the entire home digital network.”

About ACCESS in Digital TV
ACCESS provides embedded software solutions that support global and regional TV standards and enable broadcasters, operators and consumer-electronics manufacturers to meet the expanding market for catch-up TV and connected TV services, including HbbTV and VoD. The company also enables seamless media access across connected consumer devices with a market-leading DLNA Technology Component software solution.
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ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds, digital TVs and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio including its NetFront series provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. Recently, ACCESS has launched NetFront Life as a global brand with applications and services for end users. Additional information about NetFront Life is available at The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers’ Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit

About uWand
uWand is a direct pointing and gesture control technology for remote controls. uWand offers fluent 3D gesture control and direct pointing capabilities with the same intuitiveness as a multi-touch screen. uWand, a result of 60 man-years of research and development, can be implemented in remote controls and interact with multiple electronic devices such as PCs, TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players and game consoles. Users control the devices simply by pointing in the appropriate direction or making specific movements in all three dimensions. For more information please visit

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ACCESS, the ACCESS logo, and NetFront are registered trademarks or trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries. uWand is a trademark of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. DLNA is a registered trademark and DLNA Certified is a trademark of the Digital Living Network Alliance. Digital Living Network Alliance is a service mark of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
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