Simplifies Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) by transmitting step movement information over Bluetooth, when attached to foot of a walking person. Thus any development around it, does not require solving complex navigational equations. It’s sensor array approach, coupled with internal motion processing and simplified data interface, results in improved tracking accuracy, relaxes constraints on the integration platform and significantly reduces time-to-market.
Warehouse management, augmented reality, first responders' safety, gait analysis, geo-survey, robotics, indoor positioning, cognitive sciences etc are some of its applications. The technology has potential for a variety of indoor Location Based Services (LBS) and IoT applications based on foot-mounted inertial sensing and dead reckoning.
Below estimated paths were obtained from MIMU22BTP / MIMU22BTPX, without using any other navigational aid like GPS etc. Please read the white paper for detailed testing report.
The PDR system consisting of the foot sensor (IMU), The Osmium MIMU22BTP / MIMU22BTPX, and the interfacing Android application DaRe. Data from on-board multiple IMUs are sampled, fused, calibration compensated and undergo navigational computation to produce displacement and orientation information. The MIMU22BTP / MIMU22BTPX transmits requested data in response to an appropriate command from DaRe. DaRe constructs tracked path using stepwise PDR data from the MIMU22BTP / MIMU22BTPX.
The IMU-array along with the motion-processing-inside approach not only improves accuracy, but also simplifies PDR data transmission. The PDR data, i.e. displacement and heading change, is transmitted at every step in a very simple format. Data transmission frequency matches with the step frequency which is typically 1 Hz for normal walk. Thus the low rate PDR data (typically few tens of bytes per second) reduces chances of transmission losses as well. The PDR data also removes computation burden from the application platform. The modular approach relaxes constraints on the integration platform, lets application engineer focus on incremental development and significantly reduces time-to-market. Please go through the short informative video under the title "Pedestrian Dead Reckoning with Foot Sensors" in Blog section."
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