Motion algorithms lift MEMS-based remotes
September 16, 2011 // R. Colin Johnson
Armed with a new deal to integrate its MEMS sensor algorithms into Texas Instruments's ZigBee-based radio frequency for consumer electronics (RF4CE) hardware platform—RemoTI—Hillcrest Laboratories Inc., hopes to penetrate further into the fast growing markets for MEMS-based motion-control interfaces for Smart TV, streaming video, motion-based gaming and 3-D gesture control.
Last year, Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, Md.) announced the integration of its MEMS sensor algorithmsthe Freespace MotionEnginewith Broadcom Corp.'s digital-TV on-a-chip and Bluetooth on-a-chip, as well as major design-wins with the LG's Smart TVs, SMK's Smart TV remotes, and most recently for the second-generation of the popular Roku set-top box for Internet protocol television (IPTV). The company also licensed its intellectual property to Playstation-maker, Sony Corop. and "amicably resolved" a dispute with Wii-maker Nintendo Corp. regarding its motion-processing algorithms.
The latest incarnation of the Freespace MotionEngine has also improved its modularity, enabling OEMs to run its motion-processing algorithms inside the remote control itself, in the USB dongle that wirelessly communicates with the remote, or on the application processor inside the Smart TV, gaming console, mobile phone or other device.
"As we gain more design wins for a greater variety of devices, we needed to make the Freespace MotionEngine more flexible," said Lucien. "For instance, now Smart TVs can run the gesture recognition algorithms on their own application processor, thus cost-reducing and extending the battery life of their remotes, which now just have to transmit raw sensor data from the MEMS chips."All news
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