Kionix has been quietly building a portfolio of accelerometers that are specialized for nearly any consumer application, and I predict that by this time next year Rohm's Kionix will have started to assemble a like-sized catalog of application-specific gyros. Stay tuned.
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.