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Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

There’s been a relatively large announcement made by Hillcrest Labs tonight in that they’ve turned their own “Kylo Web Browser for TV” over to the Open Source community. This announcement sets the Mozilla-based TV browser up for open-sourced management for its many features, features such as its ability to work with Mac OS and Windows machines and its ability to work with Freespace-enabled in-air pointing controls. This release will be done with Mozilla Public License (MPL) 2.0 “to enable developers to create new and different versions that extend its features and enables new uses.”

Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

posted May 15, 2012

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Lifehacker names Kylo as one of the Most Popular Free Mac Downloads of 2010

Unless you built yourself a Hackintosh, Macs can be get pretty expensive. Fortunately, some of the best Mac software costs you absolutely nothing. Here’s a look at the most popular, free Mac downloads for 2010.

Lifehacker Most Popular Free Mac Downloads of 2010

posted December 20, 2010

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Hillcrest Labs’ Kylo Web Browser for TV Named as CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award

New York, NY and Rockville, MD, November 9, 2010 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for Kylo™, the free Web browser for television. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 35 product categories.

posted November 22, 2010

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New Version of Kylo: the Free Web Browser for Television

Latest Version Includes Instant Visual Search Through Integration with Clicker.tv
Now Available for the United Kingdom, with a UK-Centric Kylo Directory
Ideal Companion Product, The LoopTM Pointer, Offered at Reduced Price

posted October 05, 2010

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Kylo and Loop Advance Viewing Web Video on TV

More consumers are watching TV shows over the Internet using computers hooked up to their sets. But this can be a hassle. The major Web browsers were made for close-up use, so they have icons, toolbars and menus that can be too small to see from an optimal TV-viewing distance. And they are meant to be used with mouses, or laptop touch pads, and keyboards.

So, many people wind up sitting on the couch with a laptop and a long cord, or with a wireless keyboard and mouse on a coffee table.

posted April 18, 2010

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Kylo Is a Big-Screen, TV-Optimized Web Browser

Kylo is a Mozilla-based web browser optimized for surfing the web on your HDTV from the comfort of your couch. Check out our screenshot tour to see it in all its 10-foot display glory. Kylo was designed to complement the nifty gyroscopic mouse—produced by Kylo’s parent company—called The Loop. While The Loop is pretty sweet and we certainly wouldn’t mind field testing one, for our testing we just used a regular old wireless keyboard and mouse hooked up to our HTPC. Kylo shines without any fancy peripherals, although it’s certainly a great ambassador for The Loop.

posted April 16, 2010

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Hillcrest Labs Introduces Kylo™: The Web Browser for Television

Rockville, MD and Palm Desert, CA – March 22, 2010 – Today, at the DEMO Spring 2010 event, Hillcrest Labs launched the Kylo™ browser – a new Web browser for TV. Developed for the millions of households that connect their PCs or Macs to the TV, Kylo lets users visit any site on the Web with a browser that was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the family room, living room, or dorm room.

posted April 01, 2010

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Hillcrest Labs Pairs Kylo “TV Browser” with Motion-Sensing Loop Pointer

Remember the Loop? It was an accelerometer-equipped remote for media centers that arrived last June. It worked pretty well. Now the company behind it, Hillcrest Labs, is going to try its hand at a web browser called Kylo—for television!

The main reason for Kylo’s existence is to work with—and presumably sell—its $100 motion-sensing Loop remote control, although any mouse will sync up with the browser just fine. (Hillcrest’s Loop connects to the computer as a mouse, and like Kylo, works on Windows and OS X.)

posted March 26, 2010

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Hillcrest Labs Builds TV-friendly Kylo Browser for its Loop Pointer

In what is becoming a depressingly familiar tale, Hillcrest Labs has just released a free new browser based on Mozilla with a TV-friendly UI designed for control from the couch, but despite these friendly and standards-compliant underpinnings, Hulu has already managed to block the Kylo browser, mere hours out of the gate. Apparently Hulu worked fine in testing all the way up to launch, and Hillcrest Labs is looking for a solution as we speak. Hillcrest, Boxee feels your pain.

posted March 26, 2010

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Hillcrest Goes Big-Screen Surfing

After more than a decade of trying, nobody’s figured out a great way of accessing the Web’s billions of pages and videos on a TV.

Web content is intended for a “three-foot” experience (i.e., sitting at a computer) while TV is the proverbial “10-foot” experience-basically, the text on the screen is too small to read from your sofa. In addition, most people don’t want a keyboard and mouse on their coffee table, so there’s no great way to navigate the Web on TV.

posted March 26, 2010

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Hillcrest Labs consumer products are bridging the gap between online and television entertainment. Thanks to innovations such as our Kylo Web browser for TV and Loop pointer, an in-air mouse for TV, consumers can now access, organize and enjoy online content through their HDTVs. Hillcrest Labs has received numerous awards and recognitions including the two CES Innovations Awards, PC World’s 100 Best Products and Greatest Tech Designs, Popular Mechanics' Editors Choice, and many others.

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