InvenSense ICM-20603 delivers precision and a responsive VR user experience
Sensics demonstrated the new integration at IDC 2016
COLUMBIA, MD, Nov 1, 2016 – Sensics, the developers of groundbreaking virtual reality (VR) technologies and co-founder of Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), announced today a new partnership with InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE: INVN), a leading provider of MEMS sensor platforms. InvenSense’s advanced ICM-20603 sensor system is now integrated into the OSVR software platform and provides another option for high-performance motion tracking that is optimized for VR. A demonstration of the new integration was very well received at the InvenSense Developers Conference (IDC) on Oct. 20 and 21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
ICM-20603 is a 6-axis integrated MEMS (3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope) motion sensor developed for VR/AR/HMD applications that require low noise and drift needed for tighter alignment of head tracking with content viewing. It also comes with a compatible 1KHz 9-axis sensor fusion library that delivers low latency and low noise orientation with accurate heading. The output of this IMU fusion library is commonly fused with other positional tracking systems like cameras to track the attitude and translation of the headset in 3D space. These features are essential to creating immersive experiences that avoid user discomforts such as eye stress, headache and nausea.
“This partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to offering the VR industry with the widest range of cutting-edge technologies so they can create unbelievable experiences,” said Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics and co-founder of OSVR. “InvenSense has created a sensor that supports more realistic and immersive visuals and we are excited to see how our partners and OSVR community will leverage the technology. Users of InvenSense have already asserted that OSVR has been an incredible asset to them as they begin to explore adding content and game engine integration into the various VR products they are developing. Together we can help each other accelerate VR innovation.”
“We are excited to demo and bring to our customers a world class 6-axis IMU ideal for VR applications that enables the OSVR platform deliver a good VR viewing experience,” said Nicolas Sauvage, Sr. Director Ecosystem, InvenSense. “Especially for our customers that want to focus and innovate in one particular aspect of VR, we are offloading the complex sensor management with our proprietary on-head sensor calibration and high rate fusion to allow those customers to focus on their main area of interest or expertise such as VR content, game engines integration and other technology plug-ins.”
UPDATE: see a recording of a panel session from the 2016 Invensense Developer’s Conference including Sensics CEO.
Sensics provides technologies, products and expertise that brings companies’ VR dreams to life, offering them the missing pieces needed to develop groundbreaking solutions faster. Sensics delivers high-performance off-the-shelf products and also collaborates on customized “white label” designs, working with the most innovative technology partners in the world to develop VR experiences for gaming, healthcare, entertainment, training, education and more.
OSVR™ – Open Source Virtual Reality – is an ecosystem founded by Sensics and Razer towards creating the best possible game experience. The OSVR software platform is a cross-platform middleware layer that connects applications and game engines to hundreds of VR display, input and out devices using a common universal interface. This thriving global ecosystem enables choice and innovation for those deploying VR for the most sophisticated applications to the simplest scenarios. Visit www.osvr.org for more information.
InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE: INVN) is the world’s leading provider of MEMS sensor platforms. InvenSense’s vision of Sensing Everything™ targets the consumer electronics and industrial markets with integrated Motion and Sound solutions. Our solutions combine MEMS (micro electrical mechanical systems) sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, and microphones with proprietary algorithms and firmware that intelligently process, synthesize, and calibrate the output of sensors, maximizing performance and accuracy. InvenSense’s motion tracking, audio and location platforms, and services can be found in Mobile, Wearables, Smart Home, Industrial, Automotive, and IoT products. InvenSense is headquartered in San Jose, California and has offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.invensense.com and http://www.coursaretail.com.