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Robotics Tomorrow (10/05/2017)

What is Hillcrest Labs’ new FSM300 Module?

The FSM300 is a self-contained AHRS/IMU module that delivers industrial grade performance at a price point that makes it ideal for consumer robots and lower cost commercial robots.  The small form factor module – about the size of a US Quarter – includes a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer, and a low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ MCU. Hillcrest Labs’ proprietary MotionEngine™ provides a host of valuable features for robotics engineers including high accuracy 9-Axis and 6-Axis sensor fusion, calibrated sensor outputs, configurable sample rates, and intelligent power management to name a few.  Our MotionEngine software is the special sauce that differentiates the FSM300 from the low cost consumer IMUs and the much higher cost industrial grade devices.  

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Manufacturing North America - Issue 103 (9/6/17)

According to a survey of technology industry business leaders globally by KMPG, the Internet of Things (IoT) is among the top technologies to have the greatest impact in driving business transformation. Several reports suggest much of that growth will be at the expense of older technologies and new revolutionary shifts will force entire industries to slide into obsolescence. Change is coming, and it is imperative that businesses continue to advance and shift with the tides. In the manufacturing automation business, we are already seeing the desire to seek advancement and shift the industry, especially when it comes to capitalizing on the potential for cost savings, productivity improvements, and safety.

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Robotics & Automation News (7/25/17)

For Hillcrest Labs, the journey started more than a decade ago, and over that time, the company has reached the milestone of having sold 60 million units. Having started out selling software, the company moved into bundling that software into chips, which have become more elaborate over time and found an increasing number of applications. In an exclusive interview with Robotics and Automation News, Chad Lucien, senior vice president of business development at Hillcrest Labs, tells the company’s story.

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Robotics & Automation News (7/1/17)

Hillcrest says its new FSM300 delivers industrial-grade sensor fusion accuracy at prices suitable for consumer products with “four times greater accuracy versus competitor solutions in some tests”. The FSM300 is what’s called a attitude and heading reference system, which is a sensor system, and an inertial measurement unit, which like a gyroscope. Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, says the FSM300 is a cost effective and low power AHRS/IMU module that delivers the sensor fusion accuracy of industrial-grade sensor technologies at a price point suitable for consumer applications. With 0.5° per minute heading drift and 1.0° orientation accuracy in a very low power device, the FSM300 sets a new price/performance, according to Hillcrest.

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Virtual Perceptions (6/30/2017)

Virtual reality sickness is a real issue in the industry. Very few mediums cause the user to feel either general discomfort, headache, stomach awareness, nausea, vomiting, pallor, sweating, fatigue, drowsiness, or disorientation. There are ways to circumvent this – one being the removal of the ‘meathook effect’ alongside not making janky software – but overall it’s an issue which hasn’t been contacted. Though apparently, there are ways to circumvent this issue by addressing its two vital components – latency and stability. Hillcrest Labs has analysed the technology and gives their thoughts on the issue: “Simulator sickness arises when users experience feelings that are not in sync with how they expect to feel – based on how they are moving and what they are seeing on their VR headset. “If the latency of the system is too high when a user is playing a navigation game on a VR headset, and the user moves but the image they see on the screen does not move instantly, they will experience simulator sickness. The end-to-end target latency of the system from the user’s motion to when the user sees the corresponding action on the screen is typically around 20 msec.

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VRFocus (6/27/17)

Hardware manufacturer Hillcrest Labs have announced the launch of new high-performance sensor technology which allows for high accuracy at a reasonable consumer price point and is also able to function at low power. The FSM300 sensor technology is being aimed at virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), fitness tracking, industrial monitoring and robotic navigation. The company claims that the high level of tracking accuracy and low latency can help in reducing the motion sickness issues suffered by some VR users. Some product manufacturers, including ZUtA Labs and Grey Technology Ltd have already begun to use the FSM300 sensor technology to improve product performance. Hillcrest Labs say that the FSM300 module has a small form factor, is pre-calibrated and boasts a latency of 2 milliseconds, an orientation accuracy of 1.0 degrees and sampling rates of up to 1KHz.

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Internet of Things Today (6/27/17)

Hillcrest Labs has launched the FSM300, a cost effective and low power AHRS/IMU module that delivers the sensor fusion accuracy of industrial-grade sensor technologies at a price point suitable for consumer applications. With 0.5 per minute heading drift and 1.0 orientation accuracy in a very low power device, the FSM300 sets a new price/performance standard up to 4X better than competitor solution in some tests. Designed to dramatically improve human and machine motion sensing in a diverse set of consumer and IoT applications, the FSM300 combines MotionEngine, Hillcrests high-performance, proprietary sensor processing software, with a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer, along with a low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ MCU.

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Business Wire (4/1/2016)

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in the global motion controlled remote market in their latest research report. This report also highlights the key trends predicted to influence market growth over the forecast period. To identify the top vendors, Technavio’s market research analysts have considered the top contributors to the overall revenue of this market. The report covers the major end-user segments of this market, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes (STBs), and smart TVs.

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Semiconductor Engineering (01/14/16)

The growth in virtual and augmented reality headsets is expected to explode in the coming years.  The U.K.-based research firm KZero estimates headset unit volume will jump from nearly 4 million this year to 38.4 million in 2018. But that growth rate might be stunned if users continue to struggle with "simulator sickness," that queasy feeling that something is just not right as they navigate a virtual reality game chasing down the bad guys. Yet for Roy Illingworth, [former] director of systems engineering, and his colleagues at Hillcrest Labs, this is soon to be a problem of the past.

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ARM Connected Community (01/05/2016)

Sensor hubs have gained traction among design teams in recent years, as the marriage blossoms between evolving (and power-sensitive) hardware and smart software algorithms.  To me, it's an interesting phenomena in system design, where it's almost always about tradeoffs:  Reduce your footprint, and you're probably raising cost (at least initially); cut your power and you're likely giving up some performance and so on.

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