Robots from Maxim Integrated display new smartphone gyroscope

BARCELONA—There’s nothing that catches the eye at a tech trade show quite like a demonstration of robots.

Maxim Integrated used two robots to demonstrate its new three-axis gyroscope, which was announced at Mobile World Congress this week—a clever way to show off a not-so-exciting piece of technology.

Gyroscopes are built into smartphones and help determine the phone’s orientation, for instance, if it's being held in landscape or portrait orientation, or how far away from its users’ face it is.

Maxim Integrated’s MAX21000 gyroscope features a silicon MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) sensor that is ultra-sensitive to temperature, time, and location. The robots were placed in a vertical pendulum position and rocked back and forth on their own; one robot was powered by the MAX21000, and a different gyroscope powered the other. While the motion between the two was similar, if you looked close enough, you could see a rocky stutter as the non-Maxim robot changed course.

The Maxim team designed the gyroscope to be used in smartphones and tablets for mobility apps, orientation, and optical image stabilization.

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