BlackBerry smartphone SDK launched for mobile games controller.
Chelmsford, Mass. – Oct. 21, 2008 – Zeemote™ Inc. ( http://www.zeemote.com), the makers of intelligent wireless controllers for mobile devices, announced the forthcoming availability of the Zeemote SDK (software development kit) for BlackBerry® smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), which includes the BlackBerry® Curve™ and the BlackBerry® Pearl™ series smartphones. The Zeemote SDK will allow BlackBerry developers to create mobile games that are compatible with Zeemote’s award-winning JS1 Controller, a wireless, analog joystick for mobile phones that connects via Bluetooth®. Already launched in European markets, the JS1 Controller has proven that mobile game play is dramatically enhanced by the portable thumbstick.
The new Zeemote SDK for BlackBerry smartphones includes a set of standards, simple testing procedures and support that make it easier for developers to bring games to market that function with the JS1 Controller. This initiative builds on the successful Zeemote Ready™ developer program, a design protocol that ensures an exciting and consistent consumer experience with the JS1 Controller.
“By adding RIM’s cutting-edge BlackBerry smartphones to the list of handsets that already work with the JS1 Controller, we are able to bring the Zeemote experience to even more people,” said Jim Adams, vice president of worldwide marketing, sales and business development for Zeemote. “The JS1 Controller is truly game-changing, allowing customers to play mobile games like never before, and in the process creating countless new opportunities for manufacturers, developers and operators.”
With a thumbstick and four assignable trigger buttons, the ergonomically designed Zeemote JS1 Controller (weighing just 47g/1.7oz) offers real analog control via Bluetooth, enabling users to truly engage with mobile games on the handset.
For more information, please visit Zeemote at the BlackBerry® Developer Conference, Booth 105, Oct. 21-22, in Santa Clara, Calif. or on the Web at www.zeemote.com. Developers can pre-register for Zeemote’s SDK for BlackBerry smartphones by sending inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zeemote™, Inc. makes intelligent wireless controllers for mobile devices. The company's debut product, the patented Zeemote JS1 controller, is the first and only wireless controller for mobile gaming. Small, fast, ergonomic and wireless, the Zeemote controller delivers the world's best game playing experience with true analogue thumbstick control. Zeemote's first application, the Zeemote Zeekey™, allows the JS1 Controller to replicate the actions performed by the handset keypad to enhance a range of phone functionality such as internet browsing, cueing up media or playing games.
The Zeemote JS1 has already launched as part of handset bundles with Sony Ericsson and Nokia. Recognizing the large market potential, major game developers and publishers including EA Mobile, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, Digital Chocolate, Eidos, Namco Bandai Europe Ltd, Finblade, FISHLABS, iPlay, Gamelion Inc., HandyGames™, IUGO, JUMPGames, Oasys Mobile, Orange Pixel, Player One, Player X, Reaxion Corp, SEGA® of America, Super Happy Fun Fun, Capricom Mobile and Tag Games have already adapted popular games to become "Zeemote Ready."
Zeemote was founded in 2005 by Beth Marcus, Ph.D., one of the creators of the first force feedback joystick for PC games, and is based in Chelmsford, Mass.
For further information on Zeemote or to arrange a media briefing, please contact:
Tel: (310) 481-1431, Ext. 14
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