• Sensor fusion, spec standardization and IoT are top themes at these events

    Education and outreach are big parts of what many of us at Freescale do. Here's a quick run-down of sensor events in the recent past and near term future: On January 31, the IEEE formed working group P2700 to begin e...
  • Xtrinsic sensor fusion library for Kinetis MCUs

    In my December post, New sensor expansion boards for Freescale Freedom development platform, I introduced you to the FRDM-FXS sensor shields for the platform.  From the "Downloads" tab on the FRDM-FXS-MULTI-B web...
  • New sensor expansion boards for Freescale Freedom development platform

    I am really excited because Freescale recently released a family of new sensor expansion boards designed to work with the FRDM-KL25Z and FRDM-K20D50M Freescale Freedom development platforms.  All three of the new...
  • RoboBusiness Conference Review

    Last week I had the opportunity to present a tutorial on sensor fusion at the RoboBusiness Conference in Santa Clara.  It was my first time at RoboBusiness, and I thoroughly enjoyed attending sessions, wandering ...
  • Improved electronic compass software released: Xtrinsic eCompass software

    A few weeks ago, my coworkers and I had the pleasure of participating in an awards ceremony in which Electronic Products Magazine presented Freescale with a Product of the Year award for our Xtrinsic eCompass software...
  • New board from element14 features Xtrinsic sensors

    I returned from Sensor's Expo last week to find a new toy waiting for me. element14 has released a new board for the Freescale Freedom development platform featuring Xtrinsic sensors. For those of you who may have bee...
  • FXLC95000CL Xtrinsic intelligent motion-sensing platform - More than just a smart sensor

    Almost three years ago, I introduced you to the MMA955x intelligent 3-axis accelerometer (Evolving Intelligence with Sensors, June 2010).  Several weeks ago, Freescale announced the next product in that line, the...
  • Sensor tech top events in June

    June is a busy month in the world of sensors.    To kick off the month, Computex Taipei will be held June 4 through 8.  There's a wide variety of sensors and all kinds of embedded technology and demos...
  • Free Android app teaches sensor fusion basics

    Every year or so, Freescale runs "Technical Enrichment Matrix" (aka: TEM) series of local events. It's essentially an adult science fair where the engineering community within our various facilities gets together to s...
  • Building a virtual gyro

    In Orientation Representations Part 1 and Part 2, we explore some of the mathematical ways to represent the orientation of an object. Now we’re going to apply that knowledge to build a virtual gyroscope using da...
  • Orientation Representations: Part 2

    In Orientation Representations: Part 1, we explored the use of rotation matrices and Euler angles.  At the end of that discussion, I alluded to the fact that there might be more efficient ways of describing rotat...
  • 12-Axis Xtrinsic Sensor Platform for Windows 8

    We first discussed Freescale's effort with regard to sensor fusion for Windows 8® back in June (Freescale announces Windows 8 sensor fusion). At that time, we had working prototypes but had not yet achieved Window...
  • Orientation Representations: Part 1

    Our portable devices are getting more and more fun to use, due in part to new generations of augmented and virtual reality applications. If you look at the software source code at the heart of these AR & VR apps, ...
  • Magnetometer placement – where and why

    By Michael Stanley – In my last posting (Accelerometer placement – where and why [1]) I discussed tradeoffs to be considered when choosing where to locate an accelerometer in your design. THIS posting does...
  • How much flexibility do you need in your sensor fusion?

    By Michael Stanley – In June, we announced our Windows 8 sensor platform (see Freescale announces Windows 8 sensor fusion). One of the great features of this product is that it will be almost turnkey.  You'...
  • What in the World is Contextual Sensing?

    By Mike Stanley   You can’t use your phone, drive your car or even nuke a sandwich without relying on one or more electronic sensors to help you complete the task.  Their use has become ubiquitous, an...
  • Evolving Intelligence with Sensors

    By Mike Stanley   I’ve always been fascinated by electronic sensors. The idea of being able to measure and interact with the physical world appeals to the ten-year-old inside me. Not so long ago, if you ne...
  • The Zen of Sensor Design

    By Mike Stanley   About two years ago, I joined the Freescale sensors team, which focuses on accelerometers, pressure sensors, and touch sensors.   Prior to that, I spent a number of years in the Freescale...
  • Back to School: Technology Advancements Offer Smart Start

    by Mike Stanley Most kids heading back to school this month in the U.S. are returning to an environment far different than the one I had growing up in the 60s and 70s in the “hollers” of southern Indiana....
  • When Is Less More? Examining Low-Power, High Function MEMS Accelerometer Options

    By Michael Stanley Back in June and July, we discussed the MMA9550L Xtrinsic Motion Sensing Platform, which breaks new ground in the area of intelligent sensors (see Evolving Intelligence with Sensors and The Zen of ...