Splashtop Launches Engine Connect, an iPad App for Broadcasters Using Vizrt’s Viz Engine

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Splashtop Multi-Touch App for Broadcasting Professionals Debuts at the International Broadcasting Convention, Amsterdam RAI, Sept. 9 - 13

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Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in cross-device computing, today announced the release of Engine Connect, an app designed for broadcasters to control Vizrt content from an iPad using multi-touch capabilities. Engine Connect will debut at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), the leading global tradeshow for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of broadcasting media and entertainment, at the Amsterdam RAI on September 9-13. Vizrt products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses including CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, CCTV, NHK, and Welt Online.

Targeted for news, weather, and sports broadcasts in the studio, Engine Connect enables presenters to connect to and control interactive real-time animations and graphics on Viz Engine, a state-of-the-art real-time renderer for broadcasting. It complements Viz Engine by offering features to presenters such as multi-touch, scene selection, full control of in-scene animation and live-streamed video updates to the iPad.

“As the use of presenter-controlled graphics for TV is rapidly increasing, we wanted to bring all the rendering power of our Viz Engine to the iPad without sacrificing the quality of the rich media. Interactivity for news, sports and weather will reach a new level of excellence with Engine Connect,” said Gerhard Lang, chief engineering officer at Vizrt. “The low latency between the creation of a frame on Viz Engine and its display on the iPad coupled with a frame rate of up to 30 fps defines Splashtop as the only solution for interactive Viz scenes on the iPad. With its multi-touch capabilities, Engine Connect enables the display of all scenes created with Vizrt’s own or Moldens multi-touch plugins for the iPad.”

Engine Connect’s key advantages include:

  •     Live, high-definition streaming of Viz Engine at up to 30 fps to a full screen on the iPad
  •     Freedom for presenters to face the camera without turning to touch a display
  •     Ability for anchors to use graphics they select from anywhere in the studio without going through the control room
  •     Useful telestration tool for virtual overlays and highlighting during sports analysis
  •     Easy setup and minimal implementation costs

"For the sequel to Minority Report, we fully expect to get a call from the movie’s director. With Engine Connect and an iPad at his fingertips, Tom Cruise's role as investigator will be simple, smooth and fast. No more jumping around and waving his hands. No mission will seem impossible," said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop. “Tom Cruise aside, we are excited to be chosen by Vizrt as the partner to extend Viz Engine to iPad. Our partnership reaffirms Splashtop’s ability to deliver the best-in-class video and audio performance.”

Engine Connect will be available from the iTunes App Store shortly after IBC at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/engine-connect/id460211326?ls=1&mt=8

Check out a live demo of Engine Connect at Vizrt’s Stand #A31, Hall 2, September 9 – 13 at the IBC tradeshow, Amsterdam RAI, Holland.

About Splashtop
Splashtop Inc. was founded in 2006 with the goal of enabling people everywhere to quickly access content across devices and clouds. Splashtop's flagship product, Splashtop Remote Desktop, is a best seller in the Apple App Store and Android Market, allowing users to enjoy a full computer experience from mobile devices and PCs.

Today, Splashtop-based products are available on more than 70 million PCs and mobile devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Sony. Splashtop has received numerous awards, including the prestigious “Most Innovative Product” award from PC World, the “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science, and “Best of 2011 CES” award from LAPTOP Magazine. Splashtop Inc. is headquartered in San Jose with offices in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Taipei. For more information, visit http://www.splashtop.com.

About Vizrt
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - from award-winning animations and maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

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