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Sensors are making their way into nearly all aspects of our lives. You'll find them in smartphones, watches, robots, virtual reality systems, autonomous cars, and sprinkled throughout smart cities. As you embark on creating new innovations and the next generation of sensor-enabled products, we want to share what we have learned over the past 15 years developing sensor fusion software and systems. This blog will help you stay up to date with the latest advancements in sensor technology, the challenges working with MEMS sensors and the exciting products and applications that sensors uniquely enable.
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Motion Sensors: Going Far Beyond Just Counting Steps

Sensors have surpassed merely, well...sensing. This blog post looks at current trends in the sensor market and how some applications are taking an AI-empowered departure.

Jan 2019

Solving Robotic Vacuum Challenges for Tomorrow’s Consumer

Modern robotic vacuums deliver consistent performance and enhanced cleaning features, but continue to struggle with uneven terrain and navigation challenges. Multi-axis motion sensors are the key to unlocking the full potential of robotic cleaners.

Jan 2019

How to Evaluate a Sensor Vendor

Choosing the right sensor from the right provider is essential to developing industry-leading products. Our latest post gives you five criteria to consider when choosing the right vendor for your next application.

Jan 2019

Sensor Technology: Deciphering your Choices

The key to choosing the best IMU for your project is a full understanding of what is possible with the technology.

Dec 2018

Universal Technical Challenges in IMUs

As sensors continuously enhance our everyday interactions with technological devices, glitches in these applications can interfere with the user experience. Our latest blog explores universal technical challenges with sensors and the UX issues they create. 

Dec 2018

Exploring the Application of Gyroscopes

A gyroscope senses change in orientation of a device, and when paired with an accelerometer, is an excellent tool for measuring the orientation of an object in 3D space.

Nov 2018

What is an IMU Sensor?

Weaving in between cars in a game on your phone, keeping a quadcopter drone afloat despite changing winds, vacuuming your house with a robot, and translating your precise movements when wearing a VR headset all have one thing in common. They each use sensors, specifically an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), in order to function properly.

Nov 2018