MicroStrain launches new orientation sensor

Aug. 24, 2004 – MicroStrain Inc. has launched an upgraded version of an orientation sensor system for military, industrial, robotic and biomedical applications.

The Williston, Vt.-based microsensor maker said its 3DM-GX1, 3DM-G.htm an update of the 3DM-G launched in 2002, includes three angular rate gyros, three accelerometers and three magnetometers. The package also includes an embedded microprocessor.

Michael Robinson, MicroStrain’s vice president of sales and marketing, said the new version uses gyros with improved bias stability and full temperature compensation. An evaluation kit is about $1,500.

Developed for use as feedback for the re-animation of paralyzed limbs, the 3DM-G line now is being used in unmanned aerial vehicles and other military applications. The new system also has attracted customers interested in examining the gait of runners, Robinson said.


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