Xsens sensor fusion software ready for motion sensing in consumer electronics

February 28, 2012 — Xsens, 3D motion tracking technology developer, introduced a suite of sensor fusion software for smartphones, media tablets and other mobile devices. Xsens’ accurate, robust and low-power sensor fusion software for 3D motion tracking based on micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) sensors — gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers — is now available to sensor, semiconductor and device manufacturers.

Sensor fusion aggregates sensor input from multiple MEMS in a device to optimize accuracy and sensing speed. Learn more in Solutions for MEMS sensor fusion by STMicroelectronics

Xsens recently established its first partnership aimed at integrating Xsens’ technology in a component for consumer mobile devices. The combination of Xsens’ sensor fusion software with miniature motion sensors will enable mobile device functionality such as natural user interfacing, context awareness, augmented reality, gaming and map navigation.

“9-axis sensor fusion is just the beginning. Application developers expect accurate 3D motion data to develop the physical-interaction-based apps of the future. Fusing data from ever-more-integrated sensors such as pressure sensors, cameras, GPS, ultrasonic and so on will deliver on that future need,” says Per Slycke, CTO of Xsens.

Yole Développement’s recent report, "Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive" shows that supply chains need to adapt to the "very large market opportunity" for inertial combo sensors.

Xsens’ sensor fusion software is deployed in tens of thousands of sensor modules in the professional domain: game developers, system integrators, etc. To adapt the technology for consumer applications, the load was reduced to a few MIPS. Next to the focus on low power consumption, the code size and memory footprint is tiny. The software is flexible and can be integrated in the MEMS sensor module or in low-power companion cores in the application processor.

Xsens develops 3D motion tracking technology and products. More info at http://www.xsens.com.

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