- Category: Blog
- Published: Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:07
- Written by Justblair
It's never a great idea to drop your laptop, but these days there's less chance that you'll do it serious damage if you do. The principal of using an accelerometer inside the casing is a development from the idea of fitting air bags into cars. The accelerometer is a sensor that detects proper acceleration – that which is felt by people and objects. It is an acceleration experienced relative to freefall, commonly measured in terms of g-force. Vehicles use Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology which is typically faster in its response time than larger types of sensors. They are used to detect the rapid negative acceleration of a vehicle, determining when a collision has occurred and how severe it is. The same technology is used in electronic stability control systems, with cornering forces being measured using a lateral accelerometer.