The new Gyration M2000 Travel Air-Mouse works in the air using their new UltraSense 5-degrees-of-freedom motion sensor technology, which is what their media centre remote uses too. It also works over any surface, thanks to its built-in laser surface sensor. It only weighs 3.9 ounces, so don't worry: you won't be doing any significant exercise while waving the $70 Air-Mouse, which will be available in Q1 2008.
GYRATION INTRODUCES NEW ULTRASENSE(tm) MOTION-CONTROLLER TECHNOLOGY
New UltraSense Chip Enables "Five Degrees of Freedom," Offering OEMS a Superior Motion-Sensing Solution
Saratoga, California, September 27, 2007 - Gyration, Inc., the industry leader in motion-sensing controllers, today announced the next generation of human motion-sensing technology. UltraSense technology includes multiple motion sensors and a core control chip containing a sophisticated set of patented algorithms, power management features and integration capabilities. It offers "five degrees of freedom" and breakthrough sensing accuracy for consumer control devices for PC, PC-TV integration, gaming and set top box applications.
Manufacturers of mice, virtual reality and gaming consoles, remote controls and mobile devices can all benefit from this superior technology for quick, low cost and patent-protected implementation for consumer devices. The UltraSense design provides all the sub system integration and signal processing required to guarantee "perfect motion control", with two rotational and three linear axes of motion detection. With complete I/O flexibility, UltraSense allows for dynamic adjustments of key parameters at a system level for new motion sensing device designs.
"Our efforts to continually advance our core technology have resulted in the dynamic new UltraSense," said Tom Quinn, president of Gyration. "Our manufacturing and licensing partners will not only find UltraSense to be superior in performance, but also a simple, expandable and cost-effective solution for a broad range of applications."
UltraSense features significant improvements in drift, roll compensation, resolution, power state control and many other critical motion control specifications. In addition, the control chip is a mere 5mm x 6mm x 0.85 mm, and requires less power and significantly improves start-up time in devices. UltraSense also allows for dynamic, real-time adjustment of many key parameters, allowing for on-the-fly customization in order to fine tune the user experience as the background applications and user interfaces change.
Gyration will have samples available for OEMs in the fourth quarter of 2007 and will begin to sell solutions in Q1 2008. Offering OEMs a variety of affordable options, the UltraSense chip will be available either on a daughterboard with controller chip and all sensors; a motion controller chip only; or via technology licenses. UltraSense will not only improve the functionality of motion devices for consumers, but the new technology solution options will also provide easy, rapid implementation for OEMs in designing their next generation of peripherals.