Would you like to check an altitude on a map and plan the best route or check the local weather forecast for your next hike? Are you monitoring your daily sports acitivities with your smartphone? These and many more outdoor applications are enabled by MEMS sensors. These new and advanced devices will even help you to find your car in a public parking garage.
Today's smartphones are phenomenal little machines. Your smartphone knows where it is, how fast it is moving and how you are holding it. Sensors inside your phone make this and many similar applications possible.
Do you know how many different applications are made possible by MEMS sensors? Let's start with the most commonly used application: Is it your daily goal to make 10,000 steps? An accelerometer utilised for counting steps is ideal for such fitness tracking applications. Was the selfie you took after your last fitness activity blurred? A gyroscope would have been the perfect sensor solution. Similarly to the accelerometer it detects the orientation of your device and assists with stabilizing imaging functions in camera modules.
Does your car ever perform a disappearing act in a vast public parking garage? A barometric pressure sensor can solve such problems without needing GPS support. Measurement of altitude and barometric pressure makes these sensors indispensable for indoor navigation applications. Remember your last business meeting? Your first impression of the poor air quality in the room? An eviromental sensor is the perfect product for measuring indoor temperature, humidity and air quality.
The BHA250 is a small, low-power Sensor Hub with an integrated acceleration sensor designed for mobile applications such as augmented reality or indoor navigation which require highly accurate, real-time sensor data at very low power consumption.
The BMI160 is an ultra-small, low power, low noise 16 bit inertial measurement unit designed for mobile applications like Augmented Reality applications or indoor navigation which require highly accurate, real-time sensor data.
The BME280 is an integrated environmental sensor developed specifically for mobile applications. The unit combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in an metal-lid 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.93 mm³ LGA package