Hillcrest Labs Wants More Movement in Smartphones and Tablets

Hillcrest wants manufacturers to use its Freespace tech for motion-based applications.


Just in case you were getting a little too comfortable with that smartphone and/or tablet, Hillcrest Labs wants to add more motion into your daily use.

The company just announced plans to offer up its Freespace technology to manufacturers and component suppliers of smartphones and tablets. The new Freespace MotionEngine for Mobile is an embedded software solution that can up the use of accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes, which are currently found in a lot of smartphones and tablets.

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The end result should mean more motion-based applications. That doesn’t just mean that you’ll be wiggling to get the lights to turn on. It actually means if you fall or have some type of accident, the device could send out a distress message to emergency responders. Other possible applications include better GPS and new health and fitness applications. Yes, of course, it could also be used for both gaming and gesture control around the house.

Hillcrest currently licenses its technology to LG, Roku, Sony, and others in the CE space. Smartphones and tablets seem like a natural step (literally). The company says that it can work with motion sensors from all major suppliers. That said, there’s no word on whether or not those suppliers will take the company up on the offer.

“The smartphone industry is at a key inflection point with motion control,” said Chad Lucien, senior vice president of sales and marketing 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.”


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