Movea, a spinout of CEA-Leti institute, is establishing a novel MotionIC platform which facilitates the OEMs and service distributors for incorporating two to nine axes of motion processing and their control into their innovative systems.
The platform includes firmwares, chips, development kits and software APIs which enables the OEMs to deploy any sensor design, such as an accelerometer for force and acceleration, a magnetometer for orientation and a gyroscope for rotational motion.
Movea collaborates with other leading companies having system vendor software, hardware and IP necessary for Hillcrest Labs and InvenSense motion-sensing solutions.
The method of coupling an accelerometer and the optical sensors in a remote control system has been tried long back. Wii Remote of Nintendo replicated the Wiimote which utilizes motion-determination abilities and familiarized the machine-man connection. The accelerometers have been installed internally in digital cameras and mobile phones enabling the equipments to recognize the tilting positions. The iPhone from Apple has helped many creators to design creative applications for the motion sensing characteristics in the handset.
Advanced orientation sensing feature is integrated in Sony’s PlayStation Move that is likely to be released by the end of September 2010. This unique game package includes PlayStation, Eye camera and a Bluetooth empowered stick which resembles the Wiimote. PlayStation Move’s controller contains a bright tip which acts like an Eye camera. The lit signals transmit the hand motion to the game package by means of Bluetooth and camera. Microsoft decides to release a corresponding motion sensor of this kind called Kinect later in 2010.
Movea stated that the motion sensors and motion controllers will dominate the coming generation equipments. The recent button–rich remote controls will be replaced by hand motions to drive the contents of the media.