Hillcrest Labs launches new sensor node for augmented and virtual reality

Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, has launched the latest expansion of its sensor node product line.

The BNO085, a 9-Axis System in Package (SiP), features an enhanced sensor fusion algorithm tuned specifically for use in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 3D audio applications.

VR systems that use BNO085 benefit from more accurate alignment between the controllers and headset even when the controllers are outside the field of view of the systems’ cameras.  Continue reading Hillcrest Labs launches new sensor node for augmented and virtual reality

Mipi opens access to sensor interface specification

Broader access enables more design innovations for smartphones, wearables, IoT devices, augmented reality / virtual reality and automotive systems, says Mipi

The Mipi Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today announced it is opening access to its sensor interface specification, Mipi I3C.

Starting today, all companies, including those not currently members of Mipi Alliance, may access the Mipi I3C v1.0 specification so they may evaluate the incorporation of the specification into their sensor integration plans and design applications.

Joel Huloux, chairman of Mipi Alliance, says: “MIPI I3C provides a welcome update to the I2C technology that has been widely adopted over the past 35 years.  Continue reading Mipi opens access to sensor interface specification

Hillcrest Labs launches high-precision sensor hub for robots with advanced navigation systems

Hillcrest Labs is launching a new high-precision sensor hub to advance navigation systems in what it describes as “cost-critical consumer robots”.

The company says the new FSP200 sensor hub delivers “superior heading accuracy and choice in sensor selection”.

Hillcrest Labs says the new component joins its portfolio of “high performance, high quality, low cost solutions for robot navigation applications”.  Continue reading Hillcrest Labs launches high-precision sensor hub for robots with advanced navigation systems

Audio Analytic and Bragi to launch ‘world’s first audio context-aware earphones’ at CES

Audio Analytic and Bragi are partnering to develop cloudless artificial intelligence sound recognition technology for a category of products called “hearables”, which can include wireless earphones. 

The companies say the product is the “world’s first audio context-aware earphones”, and will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES.

Systems which can pick up sound more clearly and distinguish between different sounds are likely to become increasingly important in many markets, including robotics, especially as more and more humanoids are being sold.  Continue reading Audio Analytic and Bragi to launch ‘world’s first audio context-aware earphones’ at CES

Lidar developer Ouster backed by Cox Enterprises raises $27 million

A startup company called Ouster has raised $27 million in its Series A funding round, led by Cox Enterprises, a diversified company which has a very large automotive business unit. 

Ouster is a developer of light detection and radar systems, or lidar, which is said to be a critical component in many new technologies, including autonomous cars. A lidar unit can often be seen on top of self-driving cars, and looks a bit like a siren light.

Ouster’s new product is called OS1 Lidar, which is likely to find wide application as a perception technology for the autonomous vehicle and robotics sectors.  Continue reading Lidar developer Ouster backed by Cox Enterprises raises $27 million

PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

A startup company called PerceptIn has raised a total of $11 million in funding, and has launched a new robotics vision system. 

The funding came from Samsung Ventures, among others.

The vision system is called Ironsides, and PerceptIn claims it to be “the first full robotics vision system to combine both hardware and software for real-time tracking, mapping, and path planning for autonomous robots”.  Continue reading PerceptIn raises $11 million funding and launches robotics vision system

Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

Delta Electronics, the second largest drive provider in the world in terms of quantity, manufacturing several million drives per year, has released the new M300 range of drives (main picture).

The company says the new drives are suitable for “the simplest to the most advanced applications”, including:

  • machine tools;
  • textile machines;
  • woodworking machines;
  • packaging machines;
  • electronics manufacturing;
  • fans;
  • pumps;
  • air compressors; and
  • more.

The M300 range is made of 3 Series: the MH range is dedicated to advanced automation needs; the MS300 covers main applications while the ME300 has been designed to be “a very affordable solution” for many automation systems, says Delta.  Continue reading Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of its remote access solution, eWon eCatcher.

eWon eCatcher is the software that eWon users utilize to establish a remote connection via an eWon router to their machine.

HMS Industrial Networks’ mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution is called eWon eCatcher Mobile.  Continue reading HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

STMicroelectronics has launched a miniature two-axis MEMS gyroscope which the company says offers more stability. 

Smaller, thinner smartphone camera modules can provide pin-sharp image stabilization and make extra space for new devices.

The device type STMicroelectronics has in mind are smartphones. The company says the new L20G20IS miniature 2-axis MEMS gyroscope can enable handsets to have features such as increased performance and advanced vibration immunity.

As the newest member of ST’s highly integrated optical image stabilization device family, the L20G20IS measures just 2.0mm x 2.0mm x 0.7mm, liberating an extra 1.29mm2 of board space (compared to the previous 2.3mm x 2.3mm L2G2IS) to help shrink camera-module size and simplify circuit design.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

Mipi Alliance releases new specification to streamline integration of image sensors

The Mipi Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, has released a new specification that provides a standardized way to integrate image sensors in mobile-connected devices.

The new specification, Mipi Camera Command Set v1.0 (MIPI CCS v1.0), defines a standard set of functionalities for implementing and controlling image sensors.

The specification is offered for use with Mipi Camera Serial Interface 2 v2.0 (MIPI CSI-2 v2.0) and is now available for download.  Continue reading Mipi Alliance releases new specification to streamline integration of image sensors

Specim launches ‘world’s first’ mobile hyperspectral camera

Specim claims it has launched the world’s first mobile hyperspectral camera. The company says the new device enables analysis of material samples “anywhere, in seconds”.

Specim adds that the new camera – Specim IQ – “sets a new standard in usability and information availability.”

Hyperspectral cameras collect information from across the electromagnetic spectrum, with the aim of obtaining the spectrum for each pixel in the image of a scene.  Continue reading Specim launches ‘world’s first’ mobile hyperspectral camera

Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

Nord DriveSystems is showcasing its new innovations in drive electronics at the ongoing SPS IPC Drives exhibition.

The new NordAC Link series of field distribution systems, designed for networked intralogistics facilities with many drive axes, provides an especially good user experience.

These frequency inverters and motor starters enable flexible configuration of features and functions to perfectly suit application requirements.  Continue reading Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

Sony launches the third generation of its image sensors

Sony Semiconductor Solutions has launched its third generation image sensors, IMX421 and IMX422, for “high-speed automation”.

Framos, a supplier of the technology, says the Sony Semiconductor Solutions feature its high-performance third generation CMOS Global Shutter with the brand-new IMX421 and IMX422 image sensors.

Both of these two high-speed sensors are designed for machine vision and factory automation, says Framos, and come with a pixel size of 4.5 µm for “high sensitivity and low noise”.  Continue reading Sony launches the third generation of its image sensors

Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

Continue reading Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Heidenhain to unveil new rotary encoders for robots

Heidenhain will be presenting new encoders designed specifically for the requirements of the robotics, medical technology, and drive technology industries at the upcoming SPS IPC Drives show. 

The company says the drives offer “significantly higher accuracy for robots”.

Heidenhain will present the ECI 4000 absolute inductive rotary encoder for hollow shaft diameters of 180 mm.  Continue reading Heidenhain to unveil new rotary encoders for robots