MEMS gyroscopes have found their way into a wide range of industrial applications. These industrial-grade MEMS sensors differ from consumer-grade devices in that they can accurately perform in harsh conditions characterized by extreme temperature ranges with constant shocks and vibrations. Industrial applications include platform stabilization in land, air, sea, and space navigation systems, precision agriculture, precision robots, unmanned aerial (UAV) and nautical vehicles, construction equipment, offshore drilling, to name just a few. The needs of industrial applications differ from consumer [...]
Our engineering team recently published a new paper, entitled Substrate-Decoupled, Bulk-Acoustic Wave Gyroscopes: Design and Evaluation of Next-Generation Environmentally Robust Devices, in the prestigious Microsystems and Nanoengineering Journal, which is a joint publication of the well-known Nature magazine publishers and the Institute of Electronics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Our paper (http://www.nature.com/articles/micronano201615) was a Featured Article on their homepage:
Driven, among other factors, by affordable GPS, powerful processors and low-cost sensors, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have proliferated in recent years. Amidst this boom, the industry has focused on concerns like flight-time, payload/size, and precision. Flight-time and payload are significantly impacted by the power requirements, not just to drive the motors to keep a UAV aloft, but also for the processing required to calculate and correct errors in attitude, heading and tracking the flight plan. In most cases, navigation is [...]
If you have watched broadcasted outdoor sports events recently, then you may have noticed small, spider-like video drones hovering above the athletes. These unmanned helicopters, used for aerial filming, are remarkably maneuverable. They allow media outlets to move in closer to the action, and follow it more smoothly than a camera mounted on a crane or on a conventional helicopter. What makes these video drones so nimble is a sophisticated system for motion control and stabilization, called an attitude and [...]
Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have discovered an easy and efficient way to take out drones – sound. Every drone makes use of a gyroscope to track its orientation and tilt, which allows it to make movements and remain stable while in the air. If that gyroscope is deactivated, however, the drone cannot remain in the air for long. In their study, KAIST scientists were able to target the on-board MEMS gyroscope using very [...]
Randy Frank from SensorTips interviewed Qualtré CEO Edgar Masri on the floor of Sensors Expo 2015. In the video, Edgar highlighted what's new with Qualtré: The introduction of our second generation 3-axis industrial-grade gyroscopes with up to a 3X price/performance advantage The addition of a digital 3-axis gyroscope product with industrial-grade performance A new 11 DOF application platform that helps embedded developers bring sensor-based designs to market quickly You can see the video here.
In January, we announced an enhanced partnership with Alps Electric, making them a sales channel partner and enabling them to market and sell Qualtré’s industrial-grade gyroscopes worldwide. Alps has built a great demo that highlights the vibration immunity of our industrial-grade gyroscopes – and we’ve now got a video so that everyone can see it. In the demo below, you’ll see a joystick-like device, in which they’ve integrated two gyroscopes: one from Qualtre and one from a well-known gyroscope vendor. [...]
We’d enjoyed this presentation at MEMS Executive Congress – and recently uncovered slides from a similar presentation on semi.org. Dr. Eric Mounier, Senior Technology & Market Analyst, MEMS Devices & Technologies, at Yole Développement, addresses both the challenges and new opportunities for MEMS going forward in this presentation entitled: “The Future of MEMS: a Market & Technologies Perspective.” As he explains, while the number of connected devices and pricing pressures continue to grow, MEMS solutions are needed for new applications [...]