Teardown Compares Combo Sensors

A look inside three top combination sensors shows how vendors are taking very different routes to arrive at competitive products. We did chip teardowns of three of the leading nine-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs) released in 2013: the BMX055 from Bosch Sensortec, STMicroelectronics' LSM9DS0, and the InvenSense MPU-9250. Each player's cost is very similar, despite…

How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality?

Do you recall the original Terminator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying a cyborg sent from the future to kill someone in our time? On a number of occasions during the movie, we saw the world through the cyborg's eyes, with additional information being overlaid on the scene he was observing. This was an early depiction…

Mouser Shipping Freescale Freedom Development Platform for Xtrinsic Sensors

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping the Freescale Freedom Development Platform for Xtrinsic Sensors. This small Arduino‑compatible Freedom development board from Freescale Semiconductor is a cost-effective platform for evaluating Freescale's digital gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, and position sensors. The Freescale FRDM‑FXS‑9AXIS Freedom Development Platform available from Mouser Electronics allows developers to program and…

Fully Autonomous Car? Don’t Buy Shotgun Yet

I doubt that I'm alone in feeling a bit disturbed by the business news media's breathless coverage of the autonomous car and the industry's aggressive forecasts for it. Sure, seeing a glimpse of how Google Car is driving on surface streets in Mountain View, Calif., is exciting. But when I hear BMW predicting fully automated…