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, [former] director of systems engineering, and his colleagues at Hillcrest Labs, this is soon to be a problem of the past.
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.
Lux Research (12/22/2015)
Leading emerging technology research firm Lux Research profiled 1,189 companies across 20 different emerging technology domains during 2015 as part of its ongoing intelligence services. Drawing on the deep domain expertise of its analysts, Lux Research uses primary research to provide information and analysis on firms developing emerging technologies that impact global megatrends like energy and infrastructure, health and wellness, and information meets matter.
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?
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.
IoT Evolution World (9/29/2015)
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.
EE Times (9/29/2015)
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.
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.
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.
Managing Intellectual Property (08/26/15)
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?"