Category: Sensors

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Freescale Mechatronics training robot, to learn software, sensors, microcontrollers

Posted by Charbax – June 22, 2011

This is a robot training kit for $199, you get all the parts needed to start playing around programming with Freescale's microcontrollers, sensors and more. At the Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale is organizing the Make It challenge, where attendees have 36 hours to use one of these and build the coolest robot to win prizes. You can find more information at and

Freescale University Programs

Posted by Charbax – June 22, 2011

Freescale works with Universities around the world to help provide tools to educate students on programming for Freescale processors. At the Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale organizes a Cup where some of the worlds best student teams show off their auto driving cars implemented with all of Freescale's microprocessors and sensor technologies.

KEYnetik’s Sensor Fusion for Navigation and Activity Monitoring

Posted by Charbax – June 21, 2011

They make algorithms for measuring pedestrian navigation, using the Freescale Fusion sensors, accelerometers, gyro, to measure every step and the distance of every step. The target device is a smartphone.

Freescale Sensor Toolbox with e-compass solution

Posted by Charbax – June 21, 2011

Using Freescale's Sensor Fusion solutions, the accelerometer and some algorithms can improve the magnetometer as so-called e-compass, an improved compass that knows in which direction you are heading, speed things up for augmented reality, and any application that requires the compass.

Freescale Tower Sensor Pack

Posted by Charbax – June 21, 2011

The Tower Sensor Pack allows users to discover sensors. Find more information at and

Post Tenebras Lab hacker space at Lift11 Geneva

Posted by Charbax – February 12, 2011

Post Tenebras Lab use microcontrollers, screens, sensors, motors, leds, special materials and open source software to hack stuff together.

Instrument using accelerometers and gyro by nodesignlabs ircam at Lift11 Geneva

Posted by Charbax – February 9, 2011

This team from the Research Institute for Acoustic Coordination and Music at Centre Pompidou is working on real-time musical instruments demonstrating the use of accelerometers and gyros to trigger sound and new ways to create music. This could be used by a DJ or musician in live show or concert. It could potentially be triggered directly with the accelerometer, gyro and other sensors inside of a smartphone. Find more information at and

Freescale Kinetis Tower System now sampling

Posted by Charbax – November 11, 2010

The Freescale Tower systems are development kits providing for many of Freescale's sensors and processing features in a cube. The new Freescale Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4 processor and this Kinetis Tower System just started sampling now.

Technology Editor at EETimes offers impressions from the Freescale Technology Forum

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2010

R.Colin Johnson, Technology Editor at offers his impressions on the Freescale Technology Forum. The launch of the new Freescale Xtrinsic sensors, Cortex M4 and more. Check more videos he filmed of the first day keynotes at FTF at his blog:

Freescale MMA9550L, the new Xtrinsic family of autonomous sensors

Posted by Charbax – June 24, 2010

Imagine not needing a power button to turn on your phone, just pick it up. Imagine cheaper warranty as manufacturers will know when devices were damaged because of usage error such as fall or banging. Imagine new user interfaces that are much more relying on sensors as the new Freescale Xtrinsic sensors can measure stuff 2000 times per second (the bandwidth and architecture being better). Imagine also sensors combining their abilities through fusion, again, no need to wake up the main ARM processor of the device to do all kinds of things! Imagine the device knowing exactly how it is touched, how it is moved, how it is held, the touch is not anymore only on the screen! This means better battery usage, months maybe even years of seamless standby. The new Xtrinsic sensor only needs 12 micro amps of power to be turned on all the time!