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Keyence has a useful comparison table (appologies the table doesn't look good on mobile): ╔════════════════════╦══════════════════╦══════════════════╗ ║ Item ║ Optical ║ Ultrasonic ║ ╠════════════════════╬══════════════════╬══════════════════╣ ║ Detectable target ║ Affected by ║ Unaffected by ║ ║ ║ ...


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There is actually no such thing as a 6-axis gyro; the correct term for this is "IMU", which stands for "Inertial Measurement Unit". An IMU is a device that combines several inertial sensors that measure the craft's orientation and position in space. The 6-axis IMU is a composite sensor, which contains two different types of 3-axis sensors on one chip. ...


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Is the shunt resistor usually mounted high-side (i.e. at the positive battery terminal), or low-side (at the negative terminal), and why? Does it matter? There should be no significant difference to the measurement if the shunt resistor is on the high or low side. As the resistor is in series the absolute voltage across, and current through, the resistor ...


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A three-axis gyro measures the speed of rotation in three-axis - pitch, roll, and yaw. A six-axis gyro is a slight misnomer, as it is a three-axis gyro with a three-axis accelerometer, which measures acceleration in three axes (x, y, and z). As it can measure the acceleration from gravity, these sensors can be used to determine which way is down relative to ...


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TL;DR: The configurable scale ranges for the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer on the MPU-9250 IMU affect the maximum resolution and range of the reported values. As you increase the full-scale range setting, the maximum value/rate that can be reported by the IMU before the IMU is saturated increases, but the resolution of the value/rate decreases. ...


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The full scale range is the largest value that the sensor can report; this is usually a balance of sensitivity to word length. If you have 8 bits to report the value, how many deg/s do you make one bit? The more deg/s you use per bit, you can report a bigger full-scale value but you loose sensitivity as the minimum change reported increases. As an example, ...


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TL;DR: it depends entirely on the situation in which you intend to use the sensors. According to this article, it is entirely dependent on your application. You’ve mentioned you want to use it for obstacle avoidance, but the environment in which you want to do this is important. IR sensors are easily affected by external conditions such as ambient light ...


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Using PM07 power management board from Holybro as an example. They use shunt resistor on the high side. Voltage across the shunt resistor is then fed into the Texas Instruments INA169 current sense amplifier. Gain and BW of the amplifier is set using an external resistor. I was designing my own power management board recently and had exactly the same ...


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