Among the pre-announcements for the CTIA show starting Sept. 9: Hillcrest Labs of Rockville, Maryland, announced that its motion and sensor hub software has been picked for ZTE’s Axon and Star series smartphones.
The sensor processing and context awareness of Hillcrest’s software gives devices extra sensitivity to their position and motion, enabling more intuitive user interfaces. It also offloads sensor management and interpretation from the phone’s main processor, lowering power consumption in the process.
ZTE’s phones will use Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace motion software as well as motion and sensor hub software. With boosted sensor perception, the phones have use of constant context awareness, without any user activation. They also perform gesture recognition and activity tracking, while delivering the multi-sensor, motion tracking functions required by the Android Lollipop sensor API and its dependent applications.
Hillcrest’s proprietary motion-detection algorithms detect user movements and device context in such a way that they allow, for example, gestures to be used as shortcuts to common user interactions, and automatically adjust the user experience based on context. An example ZTE gives is allowing users to answer a call by simply lifting the phone to their ear.
ZTE Mobile Devices has strategic partnerships with 47 of the world’s top 50 carriers. Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace technology has read movement and positioning for devices from Alcatel, LG, Logitech, Roku, Sony, and many others in addition to ZTE.