An Open Sensor Platform

EE Journal (5/19/2014), Bryon Moyer

But an obvious question is, what do Sensor Platforms’ colleagues/competitors think about this? The 3rd-party sensor fusion world is dominated by Hillcrest Labs, Movea, and Sensor Platforms. One of these guys – Sensor Platforms – has placed a bet on the table. How are the others responding? Read more at EE Journal.

A market analysis of emerging technology interfaces

GigaOm Pro (5/28/2014), Michael Wolf

In the TV segment, companies like Hillcrest Labs have seen significant uptake of their motion-engine software technology. Hillcrest Labs has embedded software in the TV set itself that processes raw motion data sent from remotes via RF signals. The motion engine takes motion data from the accelerometers and other motion sensors and is able to create end-user applications such as point-and-click navigation for TV navigation guides as well as other applications on a TV screen that could use freespace motion interaction. Read more at GigaOm Pro

Biz News: Hillcrest, Lenovo

Display Plus (4/30/2014)

Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo brings motion, gesture and cursor control to Smart TVs. Read more at Display Plus

Experts Share Unique Challenges in Wearable Designs

Chip Design Magazine (4/29/2014), John Blyer

Wearable devices will add a new twist to traditional embedded designs according to experts from ARM, Freescale, Hillcrest Labs, STMicr, Imec and Koinix. Wearable technology design presents challenges different from other embedded markets. To understand these challenges, “System Engineering Design” talked with … Daniel Chaitow, Marketing Communications Manager at Hillcrest Labs [and others] … Read more at Chip Design Magazine.

Map Integration: Only A Crutch for True Pedestrian Navigation?

ARM Connected Community Blog (4/22/2014), Daniel Chaitow, Hillcrest Labs

Hillcrest is well-known today for its high performance fusion and has demonstrated in many customer bake-offs that it has the best sensor fusion performance (the lowest error rates and greatest consistency across sensor model configurations). We continue to concentrate on delivering the best sensor fusion, and subsequent context detection and PDR outputs, so that whatever mechanism is used to refine location – maps or not – the inertial component is as good as possible. Read more at ARM Connected Community Blog.

Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

ECN Magazine (4/22/2014)

Freespace will form the foundation of Lenovo’s Smart TV user experience and enable improved content navigation, better gaming options, and simple Web browsing. It provides simple to use point-and-click controls and 3D motion tracking optimized for consumers in the living room environment. This is particularly important for Android™ TVs, as the technology replicates the touch and tilt based controls commonly used by Android apps on other devices.  Read more at ECN Magazine.

Mapping the Great Indoors

EE Journal (4/7/2014), Bryon Moyer

Hillcrest Labs points out that, for example, with fire fighters entering a building, a good, accurate map can help ensure that the firefighters pick the shortest, safest possible routes both to rescue anyone inside and to fight the fire. This is a matter of life and death, and if the map is even slightly out of date, a fire-fighter might be sent the wrong way, putting either his/her life or the life of a trapped person in danger. That’s an example of why Hillcrest Labs prefers to rely as much as possible on a solid inertial-sensor-based approach to navigation, relying on maps as little as possible. They outright suggest that map-matching can be too easily used as a crutch by companies that have less robust inertial navigation algorithms. Read more at EE Journal.