Aplix Acquisition Saves Zeemote From The Deadpool


Wireless remote-controller tech firm Zeemote went out of business last month — finding that the novelty of its products, which let people control mobile games via Bluetooth-enabled joysticks — wasn’t enough to sustain demand. But now it has new life, as Japanese electronics company Aplix has bought its remaining assets for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2005, Zeemote had raised $6.9 million in funding from Nauta, Commonwealth Ventures and Egan Capital.

The company will now operate as a subsidiary of Aplix; VP of business development Jim Adams and CTO Rob Podoloff will continue in their roles. Less clear is the fate of CEO Ernie Cormier (a former Virgin Media (NSDQ: VMED) exec), and other employees, per Mass High Tech.

Zeemote’s Bluetooth-based technology complements Aplix’s JBlend software, which runs on Java. Aplix will integrate the software into JBlend, which currently is embedded in “millions” of mobile devices from companies like *Motorola*, Samsung and HTC.

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