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Aug 30th, 2013
Sixense kickstarts wireless controllers
Even established companies are starting to use Kickstarter.
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Witness motion-tracking platform maker Sixense Entertainment Inc. of Los Gatos, Calif., which will make first deliveries of its second-generation motion-tracking platform and system development kit (SDK) to Kickstarter backers. The Sixense Tracking Embedded Module (STEM) -- the company's first wireless motion-tracking platform -- will launch as a Kickstarter project on Sept. 12.

The STEM system is a six-degrees-of-freedom absolute motion tracker using proprietary magnetic coils -- instead of MEMS chips -- housed in a small oblong module (see photo) that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can embed in their own controllers.

"MEMS is fine for consumer-grade motion tracking," says Sixense cofounder Amir Rubin. "But to achieve the accurate, real-time response of the STEM system required a high-resolution electro-magnetic technology like that used in high-end military and medical devices."

The STEM system supports the simultaneous use of up to five controllers, and its STEM tracker module can be embedded by OEMs into controllers with form-factors that match their applications.

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