Hillcrest Labs Push Wearables to Next Level with MotionEngine

By Ken Briodagh September 29, 2015

Today’s wearable device manufacturers must piece together disparate, component-level software to create sensor-based devices, often at the expense of accuracy and power consumption – until now. Hillcrest Labs on September 29 unveiled its MotionEngine Wear software, loaded with always-on, sensor-enabled features designed to jumpstart the next generation of wearable devices.

Wearable device makers need to get to market faster and with devices that do more and do it better. Hillcrest believes that the best way to do that is with cost-effective, turnkey solutions that function as a system. MotionEngine Wear helps device makers create differentiated wearable products across the health, fitness, and lifestyle segments faster than ever with a small software footprint and low power profile.

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“Sensors play a key role in wearable devices but how these sensors are used to deliver a compelling and convenient user experience is even more critical to the success of a wearable product today,” said Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs. “We are proud to offer our MotionEngine Wear software to manage and enhance the performance of sensors found in wearable devices – enabling high performance, low power motion-based applications, and providing the foundation for new user experiences.”

The product provides context awareness, users activity tracking and simple intuitive gesture controls. Power reduction algorithms provide always-on sensing without compromising the accuracy, reliability or functionality of a wearable device. It’s compatible with ARM Cortex-M, Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP, and Synopsys ARC EM and can be deployed on Android, Android Wear, Tizen, WebOS and RTOS.

“Wearable devices are rapidly becoming more sophisticated, moving beyond simple health and fitness tracking devices to support a myriad of advanced features, from sleep monitoring to gesture recognition,” said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager, IDC Wearables Program. “For the next generation of wearable devices, manufacturers need simple, cost-effective solutions to meet consumers' expectations for a consistent and accurate user experience.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Editorial Director

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