Sensor hub enhances the consumer experience

Posted By : Nat Bowers
Sensor hub enhances the consumer experience

Designed to offload sensor management from the main processor, Hillcrest Labs introduce the SH-1 sensor hub providing ‘always on’ features including context awareness and gesture recognition which augment the consumer experience and minimise system power consumption. Hillcrest’s software will be paired with a cost-effective, low power SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller from Atmel, accelerating time to market for device manufacturers.

An intelligent sensor hub software stack, the SH-1 includes high performance, low power sensor fusion, context awareness and gesture recognition algorithms, optimised sensor drivers, and the hub/host interface which communicates with an application processor. Designed to perform consistently regardless of the sensor supplier, the software transforms data from six different types of sensor into application-ready information. The low power sensor hub microcontroller and Hillcrest’s software is available for Android smartphones and tablets, wearable devices, and a variety of other sensor-enabled devices.

Initially targeted to the Android mobile device ecosystem with complete support for Android 4.3, at launch, the SH-1 will be available on Atmel’s chip and will support sensors from the world’s leading sensor manufacturers. The solution can be augmented by the Freespace MotionElements software bundle to provide additional context awareness, activity tracking and gesture recognition functions on the application processor.

Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs, commented: “There’s an insatiable appetite for power savings and new functionality in mobile devices and wearable electronics. We are confident that a broad range of products will benefit from the level of performance, range of functions, and low power utilisation of the SH-1 sensor hub.”

“ARM is pleased to see Hillcrest Labs launch the SH-1 sensor hub, which promises to hand consumers compelling new experiences and levels of control over their environments and devices. We’re excited to partner with Hillcrest Labs to turn the vision of ‘always on’, context-aware devices into reality. This is a great example of how intelligent and energy-efficient ARM-based technology is bringing the exciting benefits of the Internet of Things into consumers’ lives today,” comments Simon Ford, Director, Internet of Things Platforms, ARM.

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