CES 2015: Sensors are everywhere … but what products matter?

ECN (1/13/2015), Chad Lucien

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CES 2015 was defined by more sensors, in more products, in more categories than ever before. Incredibly, one in 10 U.S. adults own an activity tracker today … At CES this year, the trick was finding those products that have a crisp, clear end-user value and present it in an elegant way.So let’s take a look at a few of the products that appear to be on the right track and made an appearance at CES 2015. Read more at ECN.

How to cross the success threshold in IoT

ECN (1/12/2015), Chuck Gritton

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In the previous article, we discussed some basic principles of making money in the evolving IoT market (something I termed the Eywa Economy) … But I left out something critical — something that many people know but only subconsciously. As a result, lots of product offerings fall short and lots of engineering effort is wasted. Hopefully this short article will help you avoid or at least minimize those mistakes. Read more at ECN.

CES 2015: SMK Unveils Bluetooth® Smart-Enabled Remote Control Solutions

AZoSensors (1/9/2015)

 “Utilizing Bluetooth® Smart low energy RF technology from Dialog Semiconductor, in tandem with optional MotionEngine™ software from Hillcrest Labs, our new remote controls provide high-performance, low-cost solutions for OEMs looking to deploy next-generation Smart TVs, set-top boxes, media players, PCs and other consumer entertainment devices,” added Patrick Delanoeije, Vice President of SMK Europe. Read more at AZoSensors.

Meet Razer’s OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, the “open source” hackable VR headset

CNET (1/6/2015), Scott Stein

PC game hardware manufacturer Razer has decided to enter the fray with its own VR headset. A hackable, open-source one, no less: it’s called the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. … So far, OSVR supporters include … Hillcrest Labs … and a handful of software developers. Read more at CNET.

Local firms prepare for International CES 2015 as annual trade show gets underway

The Washington Post (1/4/2015), Steven Overly

Twelve years after Rockville-based Hillcrest Labs first attended CES, the maker of motion sensor software still finds the event beneficial … “CES represents the one time of the year when most of the decision makers in the markets we serve come together,” Simpkins said. “That’s a real value for us.” Read more at The Washington Post.

Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things

EE Times (12/11/2015), Junko Yoshida

InvenSense — best known as a provider of inertial MEMS sensor combinations — sealed the deals to acquire Movea SA and Trusted Positioning Inc. for $81 million … On the same day, Audience — best known as a provider of audio and noise suppression processors for Android devices — announced the acquisition of Sensor Platforms for $41 million … These two independent deals in July left Hillcrest Labs as the only independent third-party sensor fusion developer without a competing chip, according to Semico. Read more at EE Times.

IoT Cookbook: Analog and Digital Fusion Bus Recipe

Chip Design Magazine (12/2/2014), John Blyler

Chaitow (Hillcrest Labs): In most sensor-based applications, data is ultimately processed in the digital realm so an analog to digital conversion has to occur somewhere in the system before the processing occurs. MEMS sensors measure tiny variations in capacitance, and amplification of that signal is necessary to allow sufficient swing in the signal to ensure a reasonable resolution. Typically the analog to digital conversion is performed at the sensor to allow for reduction of error in the measurement. Errors are generally present because of the presence of noise in the system, but the design of the sensing element and amplifiers have attributes that contribute to error. For a given sensing system minimizing the noise is therefore paramount. The power supply of the ADC needs to be carefully designed to minimize noise and the routing of analog signals between the sensors and the ADC requires careful layout. If the ADC is part of an MCU, then the power regulation of the ADC and the isolation of the analog front end from the digital side of the system is vital to ensure an effective sampling system. Read more at Chip Design Magazine.