Sensors Expo 2005: Xsens launches miniature attitude, heading sensor

Chicago, IL—Xsens Technologies B.V. is launching what it reports is the world’s smallest attitude and heading reference system (AHRS/IMU) this week at Sensors Expo 2005, June 6-9, at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center.

By Control Engineering Staff June 9, 2005

Chicago, IL— Xsens Technologies B.V. is launching what it reports is the world’s smallest attitude and heading reference system (AHRS/IMU) this week at Sensors Expo 2005 , June 6-9, at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center. Based on the company’s MT9 product, its new MTi is a matchbox-sized, inertial-measurement unit with solid-state inertial sensors and earth-magnetic field sensors.

MTi provides drift-free, gyro-enhanced attitude and heading output with 0.5-degree accuracy, computed internally on a low-power DSP, as well as 3-D acceleration, 3-D rate-of-turn and 3-D magnetic field data. MTi is available in various digital output modes, RS-232/422/485 and USB, as well as analog voltage output of roll, pitch, and heading angles. Its compact housing (58 x 58 x 22 mm or 2.3 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.) has robust mounting tabs and a tough connector, enabling easy integration in several applications. Additionally, a software development kit is available with Windows and Linux objects, as well as sample code in C/C++, Matlab, LabVIEW, and VBA.

Netherlands-based Xsens adds that MTi has been designed for new applications, such as control of autonomous or remote-controlled mobile robots and unmanned marine, land, and aerial vehicles (UAV). Other applications include stabilization of pipeline inspection tools and stabilization of cameras for inspection, security, and augmented reality applications.

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