Learn How to Develop Sensor Solutions for Drones, Autonomous Vehicles and Robots
Short video addresses the New ACEINNA OpenIMU Sensor Package for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance and Navigation.
January 21, 2019
ACEINNA’s OpenIMU solution consists of three key parts. First is a family of inertial measurement units consisting of three accelerometers, three gyros and an ARM Coretex. Zoom in on OpenIMU and OpenIMU CAN Second is an OpenSource tool chain and reference code for programming the IMU. It consists of basic download and debug to reference implementations of loosely-coupled GPS/INS. Third is a full Developer Site and tools with charting, graphing and algorithm simulation.
“OpenIMU enables advanced, easy-to-deploy localization and navigation algorithm solutions for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. OpenIMU's combination of open-source software and low-cost hardware enables rapid development of advanced solutions for drones, robotics, and autonomous applications,” explains Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA. “OpenIMUTM is a first of its kind, professionally supported, open-source GPS/GNSS-aided inertial navigation software stack for low-cost precise navigation applications.”
The OpenIMU Development hardware development kit includes JTAG-pod, precision mount fixture, EVB and an OpenIMU300 module. The OpenIMU module features ACEINNA’s 5 deg/Hr, 9-Axis gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer sensor suite with an onboard 180MHz ARM Coretex floating-point CPU. The IMU is delivered in a small (24x37x9.5mm), easy to integrate module that operates from 2.7-5.5VDC.
This freely downloadable stack includes:
- FreeRTOS-based data collection and sampling engine;
- performance-tuned, real-time, navigation-grade GPS/INS Kalman Filter library;
- free IDE/compiler tool chain based on Visual Studio Code;
- JTAG debugging for debugging code loaded on IMU
- data logging, graphing, Allen Variance plots, and maps;
- extensive documentation; and
- robust simulation environment with advanced sensor error models.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.