Interactive games go to the next level using wireless controls that respond to the players' body motion. Using Ninetendo's Wii controller, players can run, jump, spin, slide, steer, accelerate, bank, dive, kick, throw and score. Nintendo engineers selected Analog Devices' ADXL330 for its accuracy, small size and extremely low power consumption. The 3-axis iMEMS accelerometer has a range of ±3.6g, a sensitivity of 300 mV/g, and signal conditioning packed into a 4 × 4-mm LFCSP package. For the rigors of gaming, the unit can withstand a shock level of 10,000g. For more information on Analog Devices' ADXL330 3-axis accelerometer.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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