YEI (Yost Engineering Inc.) has recently shown their line of 3-Space sensors at this year’s Sensor Expo held in Chicago. The sensor line was developed using high precision AHRS (Altitude and Heading Reference Systems) with IMU’s (Inertial Measurement Units) which include a triaxial gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and compass sensors. Processing is accomplished on-board with filtering algorithms that provides extremely accurate heading and attitude information in either absolute or relative terms based on reference position.
The USB versions such as TSS-USB, TSS-USB-S and TSS-DL-S have driver options that make them an ideal choice for use as PC controllers such as a joystick or mouse. These sensors have USB drivers that function as a virtual COM port along with an RGB LED and buttons which makes them ideal for computer use. Gaming is just one aspect of how YEI’s 3-Space Sensors are adapted for as other possibilities include robotics, virtual reality simulation and healthcare monitoring to name a few.
These sensors were demonstrated at the show with the presenter wearing a series of TSS-USB sensors to track body extremities in a virtual environment. This created a virtual avatar (if you will) of the demonstrator which could be used as a modeling system for movies that use ‘green-screens’ or live-action video games. YEI’s 3-Space Sensor line is available now with prices starting at $99 US for the entry-level TSS-EM model up to the $299 US TSS-BT-S model that features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and rechargeable LiPO battery.