Xsens

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Xsens Technologies B.V.
Industrymotion capture, IMU, AHRS, INS
Founded2000
Headquarters,
Number of employees
80
Websitewww.xsens.com

Xsens Technologies B.V. (or Xsens) is a supplier of 3D motion capture products based upon miniature MEMS inertial sensor technology. The company has created intellectual property in the field of multi-sensor data fusion algorithms, combining inertial sensors with aiding technologies such as GPS, Motion capture and biomechanical modeling. Xsens is an Mcube company, delivering solutions for the mobile, industrial, cloud, automotive, lighting, and computing industries.

Xsens has offices in Enschede (headquarter), the Netherlands, Los Angeles, California and Hong Kong

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2000 by Casper Peeters and Per Slycke, both University of Twente graduates. Following work in measurement of the performance of athletes, they specialized in sensor technologies and sensor fusion algorithms. The company developed Inertial measurement units or AHRS (MTi-series and MTx) and human movement measurement systems (a complete wireless system MTw Awinda, the successor of the Xbus Kit). In 2007 Xsens introduced an inertial motion capture system called "Moven" (renamed to Xsens MVN[1] in 2009). In 2009 Xsens introduced the MVN BIOMECH system, a motion capture system for 3D human kinematics used in fields such as ergonomics, spots science and rehabilitation. In 2017 both Xsens MVN and MVN BIOMECH were renamed to Xsens MVN Analyze and Xsens MVN Animate.

In 2008, Xsens acquired Utellus, a spin-off from telecom company Ericsson's EuroLab, specializing in applications of ultra wide band RF technology.[2]

In 2014 Xsens was acquired by Fairchild Semiconductor,[3] and becoming part of ON Semiconductor in 2016.

In Nov 2017, mCube Acquires Xsens from ON Semiconductor.[4]

Products[edit]

Xsens product range from inertial sensors to inertial Motion Capture.

Software[edit]

Xsens develops proprietary software for their own inertial sensors and motion capture products.

  • MT Software Suite[13] for all MTi sensors
  • MT Software Suite for MTw Awinda[14]
  • MVN Animate[15] motion capture software for 3D Character Animation
  • MVN Analyze[16] motion capture software for Human Motion Measurement

Projects[edit]

Xsens participates in research projects[17] like AnDy,[18] a project funded by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme endowing robots with the ability to control physical collaboration through intentional interaction.

Xsens also participates in AWESCO,[19] a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and by the Swiss federal government. The project addresses the present key challenges of airborne wind energy technologies with the aim of supporting the commercialization in Europe.

Since 2014, Xsens is a full partner of KNEEMO Initial Training Network (ITN) [20] for knee osteoarthritis research funded through the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme. As an industrial partner, its role is to develop methods to estimate knee joint loading using inertial motion capture.

Other projects are MC Impulse,[21] focusing on sensor data processing and MILEPOST, on indoor navigation.

Productions[edit]

Xsens products are widely known for use in film, game, live entertainment and advertising. Known productions that were created with the help of Xsens products are:

  • Avengers: Infinity war [22]
  • Marvel's Black Pather [23]
  • Thor: Ragnarok [24]
  • Batman vs. Superman [25]
  • Ant-Man [26]
  • FIFA 16 [27]
  • Love Has No Labels [28]
  • Ted 1 and 2 [29]
  • Just Cause 3 [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article about Xsens MVN inertial motion capture
  2. ^ Xsens Acquires UWB Technology Company Utellus
  3. ^ "Xsens acquisition by Fairchild Semiconductor marks important step for motion tracking success story - Xsens 3D motion tracking". Xsens 3D motion tracking. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  4. ^ "mCube buys Xsens for system-level expertise". eeNews Europe. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  5. ^ MTi 1-series
  6. ^ MTi-7
  7. ^ MTi 10-series
  8. ^ MTi 100-series
  9. ^ MTi-G-710
  10. ^ MTw Awinda
  11. ^ Xsens MVN Analyze
  12. ^ Xsens MVN Animate
  13. ^ MT Software Suite
  14. ^ MT Software Suite for MTw Awinda
  15. ^ MVN Animate
  16. ^ MVN Analyze
  17. ^ Xsens collaboration projects
  18. ^ AnDy (Advancing Anticipatory Behaviors in Dyadic Human-Robot Collaboration)
  19. ^ AWESCO (Airborne Wind Energy System Modelling, Control and Optimization)
  20. ^ KNEEMO Initial Training Network Website
  21. ^ MC Impulse
  22. ^ "AVENGERS - INFINITY WAR: Graham Page - VFX Supervisor - DNEG - The Art of VFXThe Art of VFX". www.artofvfx.com. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  23. ^ "Marvel's Black Panther pounces on to the big screen with Xsens - News - Xsens 3D motion tracking". Xsens 3D motion tracking. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  24. ^ "'Thor: Ragnarok's' Sakaar chase scene was also a courtship dance". vfxblog. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  25. ^ Batman vs. Superman
  26. ^ Ant-Man
  27. ^ FIFA 16
  28. ^ Love Has No Labels
  29. ^ Ted
  30. ^ Just Cause 3