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Engineer Guy vs. The Smartphone Accelerometer

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Here, with great fanfare, is the second installment of Engineer Guy Series #4: the MEMS accelerometer. With typical flair, Bill and his production team take us from the basic concept of an accelerometer (using the familiar ball-on-a-spring model), through the analogous silicon device that lets your smartphone tell up from down, all the way to the anisotropic etching techniques used to manufacture these complex, tiny machines. It’s wonders all the way down, with Bill, as usual. [Thanks, Bill!]

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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