Solving ‘Simulator Sickness’ With Smart Software, SoC Design

Semiconductor Engineering (01/14/16)

The growth in virtual and augmented reality headsets is expected to explode in the coming years.  The U.K.-based research firm KZero estimates headset unit volume will jump from nearly 4 million this year to 38.4 million in 2018.

But that growth rate might be stunned if users continue to struggle with “simulator sickness,” that queasy feeling that something is just not right as they navigate a virtual reality game chasing down the bad guys.

Yet for Roy Illingworth, director of systems engineering, and his colleagues at Hillcrest Labs, this is soon to be a problem of the past.

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Key Things To Consider When Designing Sensor Hubs

ARM Connected Community (01/05/2016)

Sensor hubs have gained traction among design teams in recent years, as the marriage blossoms between evolving (and power-sensitive) hardware and smart software algorithms.  To me, it’s an interesting phenomena in system design, where it’s almost always about tradeoffs:  Reduce your footprint, and you’re probably raising cost (at least initially); cut your power and you’re likely giving up some performance and so on.

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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

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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

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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)

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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.

Read more at Telecompaper.