New ZigBee Input Device Standard: Delivers Advanced, Battery Friendly Control for Human Interface Devices

By Zigbee Alliance, PRNE
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands or remote control pointers can now benefit from ZigBee control

SAN RAMON, California, December 20, 2010 - The ZigBee(R) Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless
solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer
applications, today announced the completion of ZigBee Input Device, the new
global standard for human interface devices used in consumer electronics (CE)
and computer accessories.


ZigBee Input Device gives consumers improved options to use mice,
touchpads, keyboards, wands or remote control pointers from greater distances
and even nearby rooms. It replaces 30 year-old infrared (IR) technology with
a standard robust radio frequency (RF) solution. ZigBee Input Device enables
innovative two-way communications between devices, making them smarter and
capable of delivering more features than today's devices. Plus, devices built
using ZigBee Input Device will require significantly fewer batteries during
their lifetime, when compared to IR, making them greener.

The standard also delivers innovative functionality for these devices,

    - Ability to define special functions and enhanced performance beyond the
      standard behavior of a mouse, keyboard or similar input device
    - Supports operation with existing ZigBee Remote Control equipped HDTVs,
      set-top boxes and other devices as well as with existing computers
    - Native support for popular multi-touch and gesture commands, including
      pinch or rotation for touch pad devices
    - Simple push-button pairing makes devices easy to use
    - Smart, over-the-air updates and programmability options allow new
      features to be added to devices at any time

"ZigBee Input Device offers CE and computer accessory manufacturers a
standard that makes their products greener and more intelligent," said Bob
, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "It builds on the existing ZigBee
Remote Control standard, adding features to enable a richer entertainment
experience. It also gives set-top boxes, HDTVs and other CE device
manufacturers a significant additional market capability."

This standard is now available to all ZigBee Alliance members. It is the
second standard designed specifically for the ZigBee RF4CE specification.
Last year, the Alliance introduced ZigBee Remote Control for consumer
electronic devices. This continued progress demonstrates strong interest from
the market as CE manufacturers seek to integrate innovative technology in
their products that deliver new features and a convenient experience for
their customers.

ZigBee Input Device - The standard for advanced human input devices

ZigBee Input Device is the global standard for greener, innovative and
easy-to-use mice, keyboards, wands, touchpads and other input devices used
with computers and CE devices. It gives these devices non-line-of-sight
operation, two-way communication, longer range of use, extended battery life,
a broader range of capabilities and features. ZigBee Input Device is a
standard designed especially for the ZigBee RF4CE specification. For more
information, visit:

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest
range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your
world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of
approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable
and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of
ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for
use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information,

Kevin Schader of ZigBee Alliance, +1-925-275-6672, kschader at; or Katherine Manning of GolinHarris, +1-213-438-8788, kmanning at, for ZigBee Alliance

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