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Hillcrest Labs Releases Sensor Product Line VR and AR

By Chrissie Cluney January 16, 2018

Are you searching for the latest in sensor nodes for AR, VR and 3D audio applications?

Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, Inc., released the latest expansion of its sensor node product line. The BNO085, which is a 9-Axis System in Package (SiP). The application features an enhanced sensor fusion algorithm tuned specifically for use in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 3D audio applications. VR systems that use the product line will benefit from more accurate alignment between the controllers and headset even when the controllers are outside the field of view of the systems’ camera or cameras.


“The BNO085’s fused data resulted in superior accuracy when used in our VR controllers. Jumps in heading were virtually eliminated leading to much better performance,” said Shaojun Dang, CTO, 3Glasses. “The enhancements provided by the Hillcrest Labs’ team ultimately resulted in the successful certification of our S1 product as an approved Windows 10 Mixed Reality device.”

What does the BNO085 feature? The BNO085 includes all of the same features of its predecessor, the BNO080, which can be used in a wide variety of VR, AR, 3D audio, robotics and IoT devices. It combines Hillcrest Labs’ high-performance, proprietary MotionEngine sensor processing software with an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and a low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ MCU in a single package.

The BNO085 provides exceptional sensor fusion, activity tracking and application-specific features to enable an exciting array of sensor-based consumer and industrial products.

The BNO085 arrives with new enhancements. They were designed to deliver precise motion tracking for VR controllers in both inside-out and outside-in systems and superior head tracking performance for VR, AR and 3D audio headsets. The BNO085 enhancements designed for VR systems include improved motion tracking with both inside-out and outside-in camera systems. It also offers a significantly reduced heading error to keep controllers aligned with the headset, a tight synchronization between controllers in dual controller systems and stabilized orientation output that tracks the rotational motion of one or more controllers, even when outside the camera’s field of view.

“Our first-generation VR systems faced challenges in keeping the two motion controllers aligned with each other during game play,” said Qin Zheng, founder and CEO, ANTVR. “Hillcrest Labs’ new BNO085 solution dramatically improves the performance of our system, which results in a superior user experience that leaves our customers more satisfied with ANTVR’s product.”

Where is the new product line available? The BNO085 is available for production orders and immediate sampling along with documentation and evaluation tools.




Edited by Ken Briodagh
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