Rockville, Md. -
said Monday that it is now making its Freespace natural motion-control technology available for manufacturers and component suppliers of smartphones and tablets.
Hillcrest's Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile is embedded software that manages and enhances the combined performance of motion sensors commonly found in smartphones and tablets -- accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes -- to run current and future motion-based applications.
According to information and analytics provider IHS, shipments of motion sensors in cellphones and media tablets will rise to 4.2 billion units in 2015, up from 1.5 billion in 2011.
Hillcrest has historically been a provider of motion-enabled remote control technologies for smart TVs, video games, and PCs, and has worked with such companies as LG Electronics, Roku, Sony Computer Entertainment and others.
With the increased adoption of motion sensors in smartphones and tablets, Hillcrest said it now offers some of the most advanced, flexible and cost-effective motion-control technology for the growing mobile device market.
"The smartphone industry is at a key inflection point with motion control," said Chad Lucien, sales and marketing senior VP for Hillcrest Labs. "Motion sensors are now standard in mobile devices, but today's motion software implementations impose significant constraints that limit sensor choice, integration flexibility and performance. We aim to change that. Our Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile provides a unique software solution for Android and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, which delivers the highest performance and provides the most flexible integration options, while enabling manufacturers to use sensors from any major supplier in the market."
Hillcrest said it is well suited to work with the mobile industry, which has a specific set of sensor requirements, including the need to work with a variety of sensor suppliers and application processors across multiple mobile operating systems. In that space, costs need to be kept low, power efficiency is critical, and maximum performance needs to be extracted from available sensors.
The expanded use of multiple sensors in smartphones and tablets will require better sensor fusion and calibration to improve accuracy and support more advanced applications, Hillcrest said.
The Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile will serve as the foundation for a variety of mobile applications, including context awareness, pedestrian navigation to augment GPS use, augmented reality, health and fitness monitoring, immersive gaming and gesture control.
Hillcrest's MotionEngine software works with sensors from all major suppliers and can help companies qualify sensors based on specific performance and pricing needs.