The SM130 houses a 16-bit three-axis gyroscope and a 12-bit three-axis accelerometer, sounds good but what does it cost and what are the drift numbers? This might be a nice robotic upgrade for an IMU if the cost and features are better than the current offerings. With some of the cheaper MEMs they have a lot of drift/noise and this limits their usefulness, still they are used due to low cost and some tricks to "re-calibrate" on the fly. Looking forward to hearing more of the details.
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