ST Unveils Smart Sensor Suit

January 12, 2012

The iNEMO real-time body-motion reconstruction suit recognizes complex movements of the wearer's body and translates them into a digital model, which can be used to help patients and athletes identify and remedy movement problems.

GENEVA /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader, serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and a leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications, unveiled a smart suit prototype, with sewn-in new multi-sensor ST iNEMO motion co-processor that recognizes complex movements of the wearer's body and translates them into a digital model, with outstanding precision and speed. The iBMR, iNEMO Body Motion Reconstruction technology could improve outcomes in clinical and sports medicine applications, as well as enhancing augmented reality where users could, for example, jog side by side with the world champion on their local running track.

The current-generation prototype of ST's body-motion reconstruction suit demonstrates the optimal performance of the miniaturized iNEMO multi-sensor nodes, attached on each arm, forearm, thigh, and calf, with two on the back; additional nodes can be mounted on the hands, shoes, or head.

The integration of ST motion and magnetic MEMS sensors with a 32-bit STM32 microcontroller and dedicated software in one miniaturized solderable module, with a very small size form factor (13 by 13 by 2 mm), make the iNEMO motion co-processor part of a flexible solution for effortless orientation estimation embedded applications.

Using ST's sophisticated data fusion software, each iNEMO smart sensor node represents one of the smallest and highest performance attitude and heading reference system modules developed for the market. All nodes send their data to the control unit, which applies the measurements to a graphical skeleton model and displays body motions in real time.

Extensive tests with realistic, complex human body motions have proven the outstanding precision and speed of ST's body-motion reconstruction suit, with deviation in spatial accuracy below 0.5° during movements and the time needed to process and apply the sensor data to the skeleton model less than 15 ms.

Samples of the iNEMO motion co-processor are available now. Please contact your ST sales office for pricing options and sample requests.

About ST
STMicroelectronics is a global leader, serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications, leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise, and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships, and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the company's net revenues were $10.35 billion.

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