Photo: Parker LordInitially it was thought that the pandemic was pushing experimental use of robots and drones, but in actuality, the revolution had already begun. While recent uses include disinfecting medical facilities, sanitizing public surfaces, monitoring for temperatures, and delivering medical, PPE and other essential supplies, drone and robot use was already present in many areas and continues to grow quickly.

The Challenge is Quickly Increasing

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Quick, immediate access is needed to keep up with demand as manufacturers continue to develop new innovations
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The rapidly multiplying use of robots and drones has created a need for quick turnaround and easy-to-use, standard sensors and navigation systems for new prototypes. Quick, immediate access is needed to keep up with demand as manufacturers develop new innovations. Manufacturers are looking for plug-and-play solutions to aid them with their creations, without the time to re-invent the sensor, that will reduce product development schedules by reducing risk and focusing resources on the final product and not re-inventing sensors and navigation systems.

Faster Solutions

The latest Parker LORD solution is the MicroStrain® 3DMGQ7-GNSS/INS inertial sensor aided navigation system and state-of-the art RTK Modem. These all-in-one solutions eliminate programming time. Combined with the included Robot Operating System (ROS) driver, this allows a flexible framework for writing robot software and become the standard platform for creating and deploying prototypes faster. ROS can be used in building and simulating robotics applications and unmanned ground vehicle missions. It is the standard platform for many developers working on simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and all other robotic applications. To facilitate better integration within the ROS ecosystem, Parker LORD has an open source, free (MIT License) series of drivers designed and tested for ROS. The drivers are updated and supported to provide the best integration for users.

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Why is this Important?

Out of the box, the 3DMGQ7 provides easy-to-use, high accuracy position, velocity, and attitude estimates at rates up to 1 kHz. The accuracy is at the top of its class, with up to 2-cm positional accuracy, 0.05 m/s velocity accuracy, 0.1-degree roll/pitch accuracy and 0.25 degree heading accuracy with dual-antenna GNSS.

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The GQ7 delivers accurate positioning for drones, unmanned vehicle navigation, wheeled and legged robots and autonomous vehicles. As this is an integrated GNSS/INS navigation sensor with native RTK capability, you can expect excellent performance even when satellite signals are poor or obstructed. It provides global multiband RTK coverage and calibrated temperature performance, delivering high accuracy results under all environmental conditions while fitting into a small, lightweight package. Combined with the SensorCloud™ RTK network service and cellular enabled RTK modem (3DMRTK), the 3DMGQ7-GNSS/INS and 3DMRTK make a complete out-of-the-box, advanced, navigation solution.

Learn more about the 3DMGQ7-GNSS/INS and 3DMRTK and other MicroStrain inertial sensing solutions.

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