Bosch Sensortec has introduced what it claims is the smallest nine-axis microelectromechanical system (MEMS) designed for space-constrained applications such as fitness trackers and smart jewelry, as well as smartphones and virtual reality devices.
The BMX160 motion sensor combines an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor housed in a compact 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm package. Bosch says the tiny MEMS device is suited for wearable applications where power consumption and extreme form factor restraints are the key factors.
Reducing power consumption to below 1.5 milliamperes (mA), the sensor enables Android-based wearables that rely on information such as device orientation, magnetic heading or the gravity vector. The sensor also supports 3-D indoor mapping and smartphone-optimized virtual reality applications.
Bosch Sensortec says the motion sensor replaces the present mainstream two-component workaround by offering three sensors in one package.
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