iOS Support for LPMS-B2

LPMS-B2, besides Bluetooth classic, also supports Bluetooth 4 / Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows us to connect the sensor to Apple mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone or the Apple watch. We recently have created a library that enables development of applications supporting LPMS-B2 on these devices.

The library can be accessed via our open source repository.

The repository contains a skeleton application that shows usage of the most basic parts of the library. The library itself is contained in the following files:

A sensor object is initialized and connected using the follwoing code:

More coming soon..

LPVR Manual & VIVE Pro Holder Prototype

LPVR Quick Start Guide

We have written a quick start guide for the LP VR system. The guide describes the assembly of the VIVE marker holder and the installation/usage of the LPVR SteamVR driver. The guide at the moment doesn’t contain information about the new VIVE Pro holder, but this will be added later.

Download the guide from here: LpvrGettingStarted20180402.pdf

VIVE Pro Sensor Holder

We have been working on the development of a optical marker/sensor holder for the VIVE Pro for a few weeks. It is not completely finished yet, but below is a photo of a prototype.

LP Sensors at Bandai Namco VR Zone: Ghost in the Shell VR Experience

Recently Bandai Namco has opened a VR entertainment center in central Tokyo, titled the VR Zone. One part of VR Zone is a revolutionary new free-roaming arcade experience built on the theme of anime classic Ghost in the Shell.

LP-RESEARCH has provided IMU technology that allows the system to operate with the HTC VIVE. The result is a uniquely fascinating and fun arcade experience. Our team was very happy to test the experience before the official openning of VR Zone and greatly enjoyed it. VR at its finest, highly recommended!

IMU-based Dead Reckoning (Displacement Tracking) Revisited

In a blog post a few years ago, we published results of our experiments with direct integration of linear acceleration from our LPMS-B IMU. At that time, although we were able to process data in close to real-time, displacement tracking only worked on one axis and for very regular up-and-down motions.

In the meantime the measurement quality of our IMUs has improved and we have put further work into researching dead reckoning applications. Fact is that still, low-cost MEMS as they are used in our LPMS-B2 devices are not suitable to perform displacement measurement for extended periods of time or with great accuracy. But, for some applications such as sports motion measurement or as one component in a larger sensor fusion setup, the results are very promising.

A further experiment shows this algorithm applied to the evaluation of boxing motions. This system might work as a base component for IoT boxing gloves that allow automatic evaluation of an athletes technique and strength, or it might ne integrated into an advanced controller for virtual reality sports.

As usual, please contact us for further information.

IMUcore Sensor Fusion

Introducing IMUcore

IMUcore is the central algorithm working inside all LP-RESEARCH IMUs. It collects orientation data from several sources and combines them into fast and drift-free tilt and direction information. To work with any type of MEMS sensor, various online and offline calibration methods have been implemented to guarantee high quality data output. The algorithm is very versatile and performance-saving. It can be implemented on embedded MCUs with minimum power consumption.

IMUcore is now available as a solution from LP-RESEARCH. Please contact us here for more information or a price quotation.

Sensor Fusion Filter Overview

IMUcore uses gyroscope data as basis information to calculate orientation. Errors introduced through measurement noise are corrected by accelerometer and compass data. Optionally the sensor fusion can be extended with an optical (or other) tracking system to additionally provide position information.

If this topic sounds familiar to you and you are looking for a solution to a related problem, contact us for further discussion.

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