Rockville, Md. –
said Monday that it is now making its Freespace natural motion-control
technology available for manufacturers and component suppliers of smartphones
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
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.