MANHASSET, NY -- STMicroelectronics unveiled a “smart” suit prototype with a sewn-in multi-sensor motion co-processor that recognizes complex movements of the wearer’s body and translates them to a digital model.
The body motion reconstruction technology could improve outcomes in clinical and sports medicine applications, as well as enhancing augmented reality where users could, for example, jog side by side with the world champion on their local running track.
The prototype suit has miniaturized iNemo multi-sensor nodes
attached on each arm, forearm, thigh, calf, and two on the back; additional nodes can be mounted on hands, on shoes or on the head.
ST motion and magnetic MEMS sensors are tied into a 32-bit STM32 microcontroller and dedicated software housed in a module 13x13x2 mm.
Each iNemo smart sensor node sends to the control unit, which applies the measurements to a graphical skeleton model and displays body motions in real time.
According to the company, extensive tests with realistic, complex human body motions showed deviation in spatial accuracy below 0.5 degrees during movements, and the time needed to process and apply the sensor data to the skeleton model less than 15 milliseconds.
Separately, the company announced the first member of the Newman family of TV SoCs--FLI7680, codenamed Newman Ultra--, for “smart” TVs, allowing smooth combinations of multiple video sources and applications in the same screen view.
Newman Ultra also integrates a new dedicated security processor to ensure protection for premium content and personal data.
The chip contains ARM A9 application processors and a Mali graphics processor, as well as dedicated audio and video decoders, a crypto processor and a flexible composition engine.