Movea's wireless, miniaturized Inertial Measurement
Unit (IMU) uses MEMS sensors to measure 9 Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) motion with a
PCB module. The MotionPod is a hardware solution for motion sensing that
incorporates a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis
magnetometer in a fully integrated package complete with software and wireless
interface. The miniaturized MotionPod is now an off-the-shelf component.
A single MotionPod can provide
information like range of motion, rotation, speed and acceleration. Multiple
MotionPods can also be networked to gather information simultaneously from
different parts of the body for applications such as performance analysis and
full body motion capture. The MotionPod measures 33 x 22 x 15 mm (1.3 x
0.8 x 0.6 inch) and weighs 14 g (0.5 oz). It is designed to clip onto a
strap for easy attachment to the body or to be patched directly onto the body.
MotionPods have a built-in,
2.4GHz wireless transmitter for a range of up to 30 m (100 ft) with low power
consumption to maximize battery life, providing up to 8 hours of usage. Data
from the MotionPod is transmitted wirelessly to a receiver that's connected to
a computer via a standard USB connection. Up to 32 MotionPods can be
connected to a single Motion Controller.
The MotionPod comes with
Movea's SmartMotion Development Kit (SMDK) which provides a Windows-based API
allowing application developers, systems integrators and OEMs to integrate and
customize the use of wireless multi-sensors in their applications. It also
includes a companion application, the MotionDevTool that has a graphical user
interface for real-time visualization and integration.
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