Forrest Gump’s Guide to Opportunity?

ECN (11/09/2015), Charles W.K. Gritton, Hillcrest Labs

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Have you ever felt surrounded by stupidity?  You know, customers who complain the product doesn’t work when it turns out they never plugged it in?  Or suppliers who send you cryptic instructions that leave out critical information?  

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Wearable Devices Market Expected to Reach $6.3 Billion by 2020

mHealthIntelligence (10/19/2015),  Vera Gruessner

Wearable devices can impact a variety of health-related processes, which can even include studying sleep patterns. For instance, Hillcrest Labs creates sensors for both activity tracking and sleep monitoring, according to a company press release. “Sensors play a key role in wearable devices but how these sensors are used to deliver a compelling and convenient user experience is even more critical to the success of a wearable product today,” Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hillcrest Labs, said in a public statement.

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Hillcrest Labs Push Wearables to Next Level with MotionEngine

IoT Evolution World (9/29/2015), Ken Briodagh       

Today’s wearable device manufacturers must piece together disparate, component-level software to create sensor-based devices, often at the expense of accuracy and power consumption – until now. Hillcrest Labs on September 29 unveiled its MotionEngine Wear software, loaded with always-on, sensor-enabled features designed to jumpstart the next generation of wearable devices. … MotionEngine Wear helps device makers create differentiated wearable products across the health, fitness, and lifestyle segments faster than ever with a small software footprint and low power profile.

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MotionEngine Wear Debuts

EE Times (9/29/2015), R Colin Johnson


Wearables are the hottest Internet of Things (IoT) market since consumer electronics surpassed industrial electronics—in market size and volume … To meet that growing demand, motion-software specialist Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc. (Rockville, Maryland) has created a version of its Internet of Things (IoT) platform—MotionEngine Wear—especially designed for always-on operation (without running down the battery) and with all the functions built-in that most wearables require.

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ZTE adds Hillcrest Labs tech to Axon, Star smartphones

Telecompaper (9/8/2015)


Hillcrest Labs announced that ZTE is using both Hillcrest’s Freespace motion and sensor hub software to bring advanced sensor processing and context awareness features to its flagship Axon and Star series smartphones. Coupled with Hillcrest’s Freespace motion software, ZTE’s phones provide more advanced, value-added features, such as always-on context awareness, gesture recognition and activity tracking, while delivering 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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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, Hillcrest Labs

Wireless Week (9/8/2015)

ZTE and Hillcrest Labs have announced that ZTE, a 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.

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How IP Practice is Changing

Managing Intellectual Property (08/26/15),  James Nurton

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Taken to extremes, that begs questions such as: could a robot do your job? Would it be better than you are? CIPA, the UK’s patent attorney association, is holding a debate on exactly that topic in November (motion: “This House believes it is inevitable that, within 25 years, a patent will be filed and granted without human intervention”). In a recent article, Charles WK Gritton, chief technology officer of Hillcrest Labs, went even further, asking “Will Watson [the IBM supercomputer, pictured left] make patents obsolete?”

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