Wearable Device Makers to Enjoy Higher Performance and Faster Time to Market Thanks to Hillcrest Labs


– “MotionEngine™ Wear” provides high performance and low power activity tracking, sleep monitoring, context awareness, gesture control, and navigation –

– Provides manufacturers greater choice and control over sensors, microcontrollers and operating systems to lower costs and speed time to market –


Rockville, MD – September 29, 2015 – Today’s device manufacturers must piece together disparate, component-level software to create sensor-based wearable devices – often at the expense of accuracy and power consumption. Manufacturers of wearable devices are looking for cost-effective, turnkey solutions that function as a system to provide faster time to market, increased functionality, superior performance, and supply-chain flexibility. In response, Hillcrest Labs today unveiled its MotionEngine™ Wear software with always-on, sensor-enabled features optimized for the latest generation of wearable devices.

According to industry research firm IDC, the worldwide wearables market will reach a total of 76.1 million units in 2015, up 163.6% from 2014, and 173.4 million units by 2019, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9%1. Hillcrest’s MotionEngine Wear offers device makers the ability to quickly create differentiated wearable products across the health, fitness, and lifestyle segments of this growing market. MotionEngine Wear is ideal for smartwatches, activity and fitness bands, health and sleep monitors, and smart clothing. The small software footprint and low power profile make it ideal for devices targeted to the mass market, active or sports segment, commercial and industrial markets, or for fashion accessories.

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ZTE Selects Hillcrest Labs for Advanced Sensor Processing and Context Awareness across Smartphones

– Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace® Sensor Hub Software to Deliver Always-On, Sensor-Enabled User Experiences to ZTE’s Flagship Smartphone Product Lines –

Rockville, MD – September 8, 2015 – In advance of the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference, Hillcrest Labs today announced that ZTE, a leading global manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, is using both Hillcrest’s Freespace® motion and sensor hub software to enhance its flagship Axon and Star series smartphones with advanced sensor processing and context awareness features.

ZTE axonSpecifically, Hillcrest’s motion and sensor hub software provides high performance sensor processing that dramatically lowers power consumption and enables new user experiences across ZTE’s smartphones. Coupled with Hillcrest’s Freespace motion software, ZTE’s phones now provide more advanced, value-added features, such as always-on context awareness, gesture recognition and activity tracking, while delivering industry-leading sensor fusion, heading and motion tracking functions that are required to power all of the standard and third-party applications that rely on the Android® Lollipop sensor API.

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Hillcrest Labs Powers ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s Smartwatch with Advanced Sensor Hub for Context Awareness and Activity Tracking

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine™ Software Enables “Always On” Health and Fitness Tracking, Context Awareness and Gesture Controls for ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s Smartwatch –

Rockville, MD – January 6, 2015 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that ALCATEL ONETOUCH, one the leading mobile phone brands, has licensed Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® software to provide advanced sensor-based functionality on ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s smartwatch.

Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine™ software powers a sensor hub that provides always on context awareness, activity tracking and intuitive gesture recognition functionality. Hillcrest’s software extends the battery life with context aware power savings, simplifies the user experience, and enables users to effortlessly track their daily fitness-related activities, such as walking and running. ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s smartwatch will be available in various markets worldwide. [Read more…]

Hillcrest Labs Brings Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Skyworth Smart TVs

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Skyworth’s Android Smart TVs –

Rockville, MD – October 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that Skyworth, a leading TV brand in China, will use Hillcrest’s patented motion software in its new line of Smart TVs. Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngineSmart TV software will enable advanced motion, gesture and cursor control to navigate and interact with the wide range of content, games and apps available on Skyworth’s Android™-based Smart TVs.

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Hillcrest Labs Selected by Coolpad for Low Power Sensor Hub in New Smartphones

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® Sensor Hub Software Powers “Always On” Gestures and Context Awareness on Coolpad’s Android™ Smartphones –

Rockville, MD – June 23, 2014 – Hillcrest Labstoday announced that Coolpad Group (previously China Wireless), the seventh-largest global smartphone OEM[1], is using Hillcrest’s sensor hub software to enable always on sensing on Coolpad smartphones. Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace® software will run on Atmel’s low-power microcontroller solutions to provide high performance sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and always on context awareness capabilities, with dramatically lower power consumption and extended battery life. Additional details, such as smartphone models or pricing, were not disclosed.

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Hillcrest Labs Selected by Lenovo to Bring Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Smart TVs

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Lenovo’s Android™ Smart TVs –

 Rockville, MD – April 22, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs announced today that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled on April 16 for sale across China.

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Hillcrest Labs and Bosch Sensortec Collaborate on Sensor Hub Solution for Head-Mounted Displays and Wearable Devices

– Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software included on Bosch Sensortec’s BNO070 9-axis system in package (SiP) for head-mounted displays –

San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs (“Hillcrest”) and Bosch Sensortec  today announced a partnership to launch a new sensor solution for head-mounted displays (HMDs). The BNO070 solution includes Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software running on Bosch Sensortec’s 9-axis system in package (SiP), which features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a 32-bit microcontroller in a single package. The solution is optimized for the HMD market, and can be customized for other wearable computing applications. Hillcrest and Bosch Sensortec will begin sampling the new BNO070 to key development partners in mid-2014.  [Read more…]