SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Hillcrest Labs ("Hillcrest") and Bosch Sensortec announced a partnership to launch a new sensor solution for head-mounted displays (HMDs). The BNO070 solution includes Hillcrest's SH-1 sensor hub software running on Bosch Sensortec's 9-axis system in package (SiP), which features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a 32-bit microcontroller in a single package. The solution is optimized for the HMD market, and can be customized for other wearable computing applications. Hillcrest and Bosch Sensortec will begin sampling the new BNO070 to key development partners in mid-2014.
The BNO070 will enable motion control, pedometer, compass, gesture recognition, and context awareness for augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, and navigation applications on HMDs. The low power consumption and compact size — 5.2 x 3.8 x 1.1 mm3 — make the BNO070 ideal for wearable devices, where both power and space are limited. The pre-integrated solution eases system integration, provides faster time to market, and reduces customer development costs for adding advanced sensor-based functionality to a wide array of devices.
"Bosch Sensortec and Hillcrest have a shared vision that applications enabled by sensors will become essential to a wide variety of consumer and industrial products," said Dan Simpkins, CEO of Hillcrest Labs. "This collaboration with Bosch Sensortec enables us to offer complete, scalable and high performance solutions to emerging markets such as HMDs and the next generation of wearable devices."
"We are confident that a broad range of head mounted products will benefit from the level of performance, range of functions, and low power utilization of the SH-1 software," said Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec. "Hillcrest provides high performance software with application specific features, which together with Bosch Sensortec's world class sensors enable new markets such as HMD."