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Bosch and Hillcrest Develop Simplified Head-Mounted Sensor System

Home appliances outfit Bosch has partnered with motion technology company Hillcrest Labs to develop a unique device that could be utilised in head-mounted virtual reality (VR) displays such as the Oculus Rift. The two companies have worked together to create the Bosch Sensortec BNO070 system in package (SIP). While Bosch carries the name, Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software is built-in.

OculusRift_3As TechCrunch reports, the BNO070 is essentially a single component that packs in a range of existing motion technology. That includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and 32-bit microcontroller. These are commonly used items, but the aim of the component is to make manufacturing them fast, easier and with lower costs.

These features equip the BNO070 with motion control, step counting, compass navigation, gesture recognition and contextual awareness. It reportedly saves 62 percent of the power that’s used in existing sensors and is designed to take up as little space as possible.

While we’re yet to hear of where the sensor will be implemented, the two companies aim to roll it out to development partners towards the middle of 2014. Could this sensor end up in the consumer version of the Oculus Rift? VRFocus will continue to follow the device’s development and report back with all the latest.