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.