Sensor fusion is essential to harness the gyroscopes that will be included in nearly every smartphone in the future, starting with Apple's new iPhone 4. Freescale claims that using a "smart MEMS" chip, with an integrated microcontroller with built-in fusion algorithms in firmware, will enable future devices to be cost reduced. But you would think that using a cheaper dumb MEMS chip would enable an even lower price point for devices. As a working engineer, which side of this argument do you favor?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.