Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, has been awarded a 2017 Technical & Engineering Emmy® Award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for its work relating to voice navigation technologies for discovering and interacting with TV content. UEI was selected for its excellence in engineering and creativity that has materially affected the television viewing experience.
The award will be presented at the 69th annual Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Awards ceremony on April 8, 2018 in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, NV. The honour will be shared with Comcast, Apple TV and Nuance Dragon TV for their individual contributions to voice control technologies.
Through consumer-focused research and development, UEI has continually uncovered and delivered meaningful innovations that simplify daily experiences within the connected smart home. UEI has diligently expanded optimised voice remote offerings with state-of-the-art microprocessors, tightly coupled with software and acoustic design to enhance the accuracy of daily voice interactions.
UEI’s advancements relating to voice navigation technologies have quickly become instrumental in changing how consumers interact with their devices and TV content. Today the company has deployed one of the most experienced and knowledgeable development teams in the industry to deliver highly dependable voice interactions with home entertainment devices. UEI has been working on voice related technologies for many years and has helped to deploy over 40 million voice enabled remote controls to entertainment industry customers across North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Voice has become a natural evolution in how consumers find and consume entertainment content,” says Robert P. Siedel, Chairman, Engineering & Technology Committee, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “It is important to recognise the impact and achievements that companies like Universal Electronics have made in helping to provide a better experience to consumers.”
Paul Arling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Electronics, says: “Our goal has always been to redefine what a remote control is and what it can do – reimagining something to take the complexity out of the entertainment experience for everyone. We are honoured to be recognised by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as this is truly the pinnacle of recognition in the industry.”
Launched in 1948, the Technology and Engineering Awards honour development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognise companies, organisations, and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.