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6-axis MEMS improves e-compasses

4/21/2011 04:20 AM EDT
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Code Monkey
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re: 6-axis MEMS improves e-compasses
Code Monkey   4/21/2011 9:36:17 PM
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Hopefully the e-compass becomes a standard feature on smart phones. Navigation apps are much more friendly if they rotate the map to match the device's orientation. For that you need a compass.

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DrQuine   4/21/2011 5:50:48 PM
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e-compasses face an interesting technical issue - they are typically a "nice to have" feature of a device. The user is not willing to accept a big hit in performance for the added functionality provided. This presents a particular engineering challenge to the designers to minimize the size and power requirements. If they are successful, the added capabilities make it possible to delight the user - as the iPhone often does.

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