Most of the smartphones today pack a plethora of motion sensors that promise to deliver the very best in augmented reality experience. But all those sensors would amount to absolutely nothing without the appropriate software and the control engine on the inside. Freespace MotionEngine promises all that and a lot more as it has just been unveiled for the smartphones and tablet world.
This latest technology from Hillcrest Labs offers a wide variety of advantages that appeal not just to the end user of smartphone technology but also to smartphone makers themselves. MotionEngine can dock up and function seamlessly with any set of motion sensors that a gadget can carry and it can hook up with motion sensors that are supplied with varied makers as well. This ensures that different smartphones and tablets that have varying hardware and operating systems, can use MotionEngine without any hiccups whatsoever.
Maybe this means the makers will offer slight tweaks for custom devices, but even then companies can cut down on costs in a significant way. As far as the user experience goes, MotionEngine promises to change the whole smartphone and tablet experience that comes with the use of motion sensors. Better gaming experience, improved augmented reality and augmented GPS system that works when the device GPS fails are some of the features promised.
The one that has our attention though is the ‘context awareness’ feature that enables MotionEngine to detect a falling motion of a person from an altitude that is dangerous or even sense a car crash based on the changes in vectors that surround it. After the impact, if the person fails to respond to the phone’s in-built system properly or in time, then it immediately sends a distress message or call.
This seems like a real life saver to us. Sure, all the extra gaming fun and gesture control features are a hit, but nothing like a system that can maybe save a human life. We will be interested in seeing if and when smartphones use MotionEngine along with such apps.