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EDITOR’S CHOICE FEATURE    SEEING THE SOUNDS


TOPOSENS LAUNCHES TS3 ‘BAT VISION’ ULTRASONIC SENSOR


Toposens’ TS3 3D ultrasonic sensor has hit the market, suited to applications ranging from automotive to object and environmental detection. With a wide field of view of up to 160 degrees, the technology intends to mimic the echolocation process of bats and dolphins, used for navigation and orientation in the wild. The new TS3 sensor assembles specifically selected hardware components with proprietary signal processing algorithms. Systems benefit from its real-time processing capabilities: data transmission bandwidth and power consumption should be kept low, which is especially important for battery powered robots. Use cases include home cleaning and delivery/service robots. The TS3 sensor enables them to reliably map an environment with minimal processing power, localising themselves in predefined maps to execute complex path planning algorithms.


“Because our new ‘Bat Vision’ TS3 sensor is compact, affordable and integration-ready,” explains Tobias Bahnemann, MD of Toposens: “Engineers can easily add it to their sensor stacks, to replace or complement their existing optical sensing systems, providing both redundancy and an improved level of accuracy, compared to standard ultrasonic sensors in autonomous navigation applications.”


Toposens www.toposens.com


EDUCATING THE MASSES WITH MEKAMON


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S Components introduces its latest product: the MekaMon Berserker V2 robot, developed by Reach Robotics. MekaMon operates as both a gaming robot and as a technical application for robotics engineers and hobbyists. It offers potential as a utility for students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), at both lower and higher levels of education. Offering a durable build quality, the MekaMon robot is a fully programmable, four-legged unit that offers lifelike movement with three degrees of freedom per leg, each one benefitting from a degree of flexibility. MekaMon is especially effective when operated in tandem with the ReachEdu app, which itself enables users to connect to their Apple or Android device, to learn how to code. Using visual programming suites such as MekaDraw, MekaMotion and MekaCode, the ReachEdu app provides users with a comprehensive introduction to coding, enabling them to create their own programmes for the robot. At introductory levels, there are preset guided-learning missions that conduct learners on a journey, with the eventual aim of transitioning the learning experience from simple block-based programming to writing code, making a range of input and output commands accessible to its users, which in turn eases one’s exploitation of the MekaMon’s suite of sensors and fluidic movements.


uk.rs-online.com


/ ELECTRONICS


ELECTRONICS | JULY/AUGUST 2019


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