Microchip Technology introduced the MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit enables engineers to integrate an advanced 3D hand-position and gesturing user interface to virtually any electronic product. The Hillstar Development Kit (part #DM160218) is available for now for $179. The MGC3130 Configurable 3D Gesture Controller is shipping in production volumes.
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced a three-axis digital compass circuit that enables directional pointing and location features in consumer electronics including handheld devices, gaming, and personal navigation systems. The Honeywell HMC5883 chip-scale three-axis compass integrated circuit delivers up to 1 degree heading accuracy from a small 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm surface-mounted chip. The HMC5883 includes a built-in offset cancellation circuit and auto calibration software that simplify the calibration process, eliminating the need to calibrate by swinging a mobile phone in a “figure eight” pattern as with other sensor technologies. In addition, patented set/reset straps that demagnetize, or degauss sensors for each measurement make the HMC5883 immune to most large magnetic disturbances, reducing the need to recalibrate.