TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Meguro-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Kazuo Kawabata; hereinafter “HI”)(JASDAQ:3846)(ISIN:JP3160860007) announced today that HI and South Korean mobile-phone maker PANTECH CO., LTD (hereinafter “Pantech”) has signed a license agreement for a middleware “MascotCapsule Style3D” (hereinafter “Style3D”) that allows the development of 3D user interfaces much easier using the Android TM development environment.
Style3D, a middleware for developing 3D user interfaces for Android, has been jointly developed by HI and INNOPHILIA Co., Ltd. Style3D enables the adoption of a variety of 3D effects easily by solving various limitations on 3D user interface development such as slow rendering speed and complexity in development. The following explains the features of Style3D:
- Capable of adopting a variety of 3D effects easily
Since Style3D has a great affinity for Android’s standard framework, it is possible to add 3D graphics into the application without changing the application structure of Android. This enables beautiful, lively 3D effects by making the best use of 3D space, allowing enriched user interfaces.
- High-speed rendering
Since Style3D controls OpenGL ES directly from the native layer, it is possible to increase graphics rendering speed by 2 to 3 times (verified by HI). This allows end users to operate user interfaces with 3D effects extremely smoothly.
- No expertise required
Since Style3D controls OpenGL ES, no expertise for developing 3D graphics is required. This reduces the burden on developers as well as cutting development costs.
HI is committed to continued global development of Style3D in the 3D user interface market with an ever-increasing demand for Android.
* MascotCapsule® is a registered trademark of HI CORPORATION in Japan.
* Other company names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of respective companies.
HI collaborates with INNOPHILIA for 3D user interfaces for Android.
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[About HI CORPORATION]
HI CORPORATION is a leading research and development company in middleware development for embedded devices. Its flagship product, a real-time 3D rendering engine “MascotCapsule,” has been adopted by five Japanese mobile network operators as well as by major mobile phone manufacturers for their global releases. As of the end of March 2010, MascotCapsule was shipped with more than 600 million units of mobile phones worldwide.
A variety of console-quality 3D content and 3D user interfaces using MascotCapsule are widely distributed in China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, United States and more. HI will continue to actively provide MascotCapsule for home and car electronic devices other than mobile phones.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.hicorp.co.jp/english/index.html.
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