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PNI Sensor improves pedestrian/runner/biker tracking indoors and out at CES2016

Runners/bikers, take heart, PNI Sensor has given you an accurate way of tracking your distance more accurately than GPS. Enter SENtrace, a tracking coprocessor that allows for less use of GPS – relying instead on inertial sensor data and PNI’s tracking algorithms demands on the battery are far, far lower. SENtrace computes each location point using one tenth the power GPS uses for a comparable computation.

PNI Sensor has over two decades’ experience in military-grade location-tracking for robots, humans in combat situations, and unmanned vehicles and has used that knowledge to develop SENtrace. This, combined with years of perfecting the highest-accuracy, lowest-power 9-axis sensor fusion for wearables and smartphones now allows accuracy over time and through a wide range of conditions, so its data can be trusted to deliver precise results in real-world scenarios.

As a bonus, SENtrace saves up to 67% of total battery life, so wearables can last longer without a charge. Because the IC’s tracking coprocessor allows for less use of GPS – relying instead on inertial sensor data and PNI’s tracking algorithms demands on the battery are far, far lower. SENtrace computes each location point using one tenth the power GPS uses for a comparable computation.

Plus the small size of this device allows for unobtrusive and unencumbered wearing in the form of a watch or a pendant, especially for the elderly with Alzheimers or for children to be easily tracked by their parents.

When I was in China on business I became painfully aware of the dangers of child kidnapping. This kind of device could help in this situation as well as so many more to track and locate accurately. The Guardian tells the story here

The possibilities are only bounded by a designer’s imagination and I am sure we will see a great many innovations come out of this product introduction.

Also see my EDN article with more details here

3 comments on “PNI Sensor improves pedestrian/runner/biker tracking indoors and out at CES2016

  1. Charlespal
    January 6, 2016

    nice post good

  2. eafpres
    January 6, 2016

    Among other shortcomings of my now “ancient” iPhone 4S is that when I use navigation, it consumes battery at an alarming rate.  This forces me to run the phone on a car charger when using it for driving navigation.  If I don't have a charger, then 60 minutes of driving is enough to drain the battery.  This technology will be a welcome addition to future smartphones as well as wearables.  Too bad I can't retrofit…

  3. Markanthonypal
    January 6, 2016

    nice information

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