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Brief Published: 26 Aug 2014

MCube: Next-Gen Motion Sensing


A new breed of smaller, cheaper accelerometers promises to add motion-sensing technology to anything that moves.

MCube, a California-based company that manufactures motion sensors, sees its new sensors as a step towards the "Internet of Moving Things" – a world where the movement and context of everyday objects can be measured and analysed to transform consumer experiences. The sensors are smaller than a grain of sand.

The upshot is that movement sensors could be embedded in a far wider range of smartphones and wearable devices, as well as in new applications such as sports equipment, augmented-reality systems and even clothing.

Such clothing sensors might deliver accurate analysis of athletic performance or sleeping behaviour – or simply help users to improve their posture. Wider applications could include anything from monitoring livestock activity to analysing commercial trucking accidents.

Cheaper, ubiquitous sensors are a crucial requirement for developing the web of interconnected devices, known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Analysts predict more than 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020.

For more on the latest developments in connected sensors, see Sense: Smart Sleep Aid, Sensing Goosebumps and Car Seat Monitors Tiredness.