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What is…The Internet of Things?

Introduction to The Internet of Things. According to Wikipedia, The Internet of Things (ioT) is “The network of physical devices, vehicles and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data. The Beginning The first ioT first appeared as early as 1982 when students at
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2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

MaxBotix Supplies Ultrasonic Sensors for FIRST Robotics 2017 FRC®

MaxBotix Inc., welcomes all participants of FIRST® STEAMWORKS SM the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game. MaxBotix has proudly sponsored the FIRST Robotics competition each year since 2012 and are looking forward to continue to support FIRST Robotics in 2017 and many years to come. This year we continued our sponsorship of FRC by sending every
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MaxBotix Grand Opening of Facility Expansion

MaxBotix Inc., Continues to Expand – Grand Opening of Facility Expansion

MaxBotix Inc., Continues to Expand Production began in 2004 in the office of the owner’s house. With exponential growth in the first three years, the company made their first move in 2007 followed by yearly moves to bigger spaces over the next three years. MaxBotix Inc., headquarters and production operations moved to a larger facility
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MaxBotix Fort Mill Office

2015 a Record Year for MaxBotix Inc.® Continues it’s Strong Growth

Key Takeaways Customer satisfaction is our first priority Striving to innovate new products Continuous improvement along with future thinking has helped our continued growth Our community mission is “Better Jobs for a Better Community” MaxBotix Inc., Continues Strong Growth August 12, 2015, Inc. 5000 recognized MaxBotix Inc., with a rank of #3616 overall. Our growth
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MaxBotix Tech Support

Tech Support Services to Help You Solve Sensor Problems

Key Takeaways FAQs by Tech Support Tips for sensor selection Troubleshooting tips Technical support services help solve sensor problems, wiring, and mounting as well as application-based sensor selection. Technical support for MaxBotix Inc., may be delivered over the phone (218-454-0766 ext 2), by e-mail (techsupport@maxbotix.com), or by the contact tab on the MaxBotix Inc., webpage.
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Merry Christmas from MaxBotix 2015

MaxBotix Inc., Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful, May you have all three for this Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS Company Growth The company continues the trend of doubling each year. We have seen an increase in productivity, added three new machines, and started the buildout of the remaining 12,000
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2015 Sensors Expo Recap

2015 Sensors Expo & Conference MaxBotix® Inc., attended the 2015 Sensors Expo & Conference in Long Beach, California. We greatly enjoyed our time at the expo thanks to the many attendees who stopped by our booth to say hi and learn about our sensors. Hearing from so many people with passion for the industry gave
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Sensors Expo 2015 Announcement

MaxBotix Inc., is once again attending the Sensors Expo & Conference which is the longest running event in the industry featuring tomorrow’s innovative technologies. This year it is in Long Beach, California, June 9 –11, 2015. Look for our signature banner which displays a number of common sensor applications. Check out our interactive display featuring
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Design Cycle Guide: Discover & Education

Summary During this phase, we share information about our mutual businesses and goals. We present our process for doing business. Additionally, we review and discuss any legal requirements such as contracts, NDAs, and tax exemption certificates. If an NDA has not been executed at this point, we execute a mutual NDA. Assuming all things check
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Design Cycle Guide: Concept & Requirements

Summary We start the process by developing a mutual understanding of your application vision, specific requirements and sensor needs. This step defines the details and outcomes you require to be successful. This includes reviewing your sensor, application, and production requirements. Additionally, we explore your use of a contract manufacturer to ensure there is a smooth
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Design Cycle Guide: Proof of Concept & Testing

Summary During this phase, we ensure that the sensor used in the application will be successful. An NRE project and feasibility studies begin during this stage when applicable. Once the proof of concept is proven to work, testing increases in scale and a larger quantity of sensors are used to ensure any previously unidentified issues
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Design Cycle Guide: Outro

Review of the Design Cycle Guide MaxBotix Inc., finds the information in this guide to be beneficial to our customers as they endeavor along the Design Cycle from concept to full deployment. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact your sales representative. Phase 1: Concept & Requirements We start the process by
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Design Cycle Guide: Partnership & Future Projects

Summary We want to continue working with you on future projects where our products and services can help make you be successful. Additionally, we want to hear about other businesses that you feel can benefit from our services. Key Takeaways MaxBotix Inc., believes in creating relationships and partnerships with our customers Customer success and satisfaction
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Design Cycle Guide: Feedback Evaluation

Summary Now is the time when you are able to help us improve your experience in the future. We want to know how everything went. What was good, where can we improve, and how did our products and service accomplish your goals. If you have a concern at any point during the process, please contact
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MaxBotix Inc. Product History

The MaxSonar product line has experienced steady continued growth since product inception. Early customer satisfaction, and distributor acceptance, created the platform for incremental product improvement and growth. You may also view the growth of our company in the company history. December 2005 The MaxSonar-EZ1 was released for sale to the public. July 2007 MaxBotix Inc.,
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MaxBotix Releases the ParkSonar™-EZ Sensors

MaxBotix Inc., developed a sensor line specifically for parking garage applications that has unique properties. Our ParkSonar‑EZ ultrasonic proximity sensor line is a cost-effective solution with excellent clutter and noise rejection and the ability to reliably detect automobiles. It also has the ability to work in multi-sensor environments all while providing a simple ‘yes/no’ signal
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MaxBotix Inc., Releases the MB8450 Car Detection Sensor

MB8450 Car Detection Sensor is a USB ultrasonic proximity sensor with a True/False output, an optional range output, and an IP67 rating for use in outdoor environments. This sensor detects cars in a variety of installations such as: drive thru ATMs, fast‑food restaurants, pharmacies, smart parking meters, or outdoor parking garages. The user can integrate
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MaxBotix Inc., Thanksgiving 2014

Giving thanks! This has been another exciting year of outstanding growth. This year the Brainerd Area Chamber of Commerce considered MaxBotix Inc., for the Business Excellence Award. While we didn’t place first, we were one of the three finalists and that was truly wonderful. If you are interested click through to read the article covering
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MaxBotix Inc. Launches a High Performance 4-20mA Output Ultrasonic Sensor

The new 4-20HR-MaxSonar-WR sensors are high accuracy ultrasonic sensors featuring a 4-20mA output. These sensors are a low cost, IP67 rated drop-in replacement for use with existing PLC/process control systems. The sensors offer superior rejection of outside noise sources and feature speed of sound temperature compensation. The 4-20HR-MaxSonar-WR sensors provide range information from 50cm to
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Easy to Use Sensors are now Easier to Select

The sensors in the MaxSonar family have always been easy to use with interfaces such as Analog Voltage, Pulse Width, and Serial data, but now we have made it even easier to select the proper sensor for your application. We have just released the new Sensor Selection Guide, that is as simple as choosing the
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MaxBotix Inc., Releases the SCXL‑MaxSonar Sensor Line

MaxBotix Inc., Releases Two Self‑Cleaning, High Performance, Outdoor Ultrasonic Sensor Lines The condensation issue in tanks and other moisture-prone environments is solved! The SCXL‑MaxSonar sensor series, based on our popular HRXL-MaxSonar-WR product line, is a power-efficient unit suitable for battery or solar powered setups. Designed for tank level measurement, grain storage bins, and other applications
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MaxBotix Releases 3D CAD Files!

Making your Design experience so much Better – Download and utilize MaxBotix 3D CAD Models Good news Designers – we now have downloadable 3D CAD models (in multiple formats) of our ultrasonic sensors! Designers and Engineers can utilize these models for system integration design or free designing, which will save you time, money, and resources.
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MaxBotix™ Inc., Releases the UCXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR!

MaxBotix Inc., Releases New High Performance, Low Cost, Ultra-Compact Ultrasonic Sensor series Our most popular sensor is now available in a new design which is physically shorter than any of our current outdoor sensors, allowing easy integration into users’ applications. Our new UCXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR series sensors are flexible, customizable products intended to be integrated with a
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Swinging Ball Test of MaxSonar™ Rangefinders

The primary goal during the building of the original LV-MaxSonar-EZ1 was to make a high performance ultrasonic range finder that provided readings, so stable, that unless the object moved, the readings didn’t vary. This was the first and primary goal during the initial design of the LV-MaxSonar-EZ1, these goals have continued and been improved upon
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MaxBotix Inc. Company History

MaxBotix has experienced steady continued growth since the company first began. You may also view the growth of our products in the product history. January 2004 MaxBotix Technologies begins product development. October 2005 MaxBotix Technologies contracts a small independent electronic assembly company, Wielen Electronics, to handle the light electronic assembly and shipping operations. December 2005
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Robotics Alley Conference & Expo

We had a blast at the Robotics Alley Conference and Expo November 12th & 13th, 2013. We saw several of the display robots using our sensors. This was a great opportunity for us to see all the unique and exciting advances in robotics and autonomous technologies.Looking for other companies that were at Robotics Alley? CLICK
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Merry Christmas From MaxBotix Inc!

MaxBotix Inc., Would like to Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas! We would like to take time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. This year has brought many wonderful, positive changes to MaxBotix Inc. We would personally like to thank everyone that helped make it possible, from our loyal customers, vendors,
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MaxBotix Inc., Wishes you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a world of good wishes to our customers, vendors, distributors, and our staff! Our joys for this holiday season are the opportunities to say thank you and wish everyone the very best for the new year. Our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. Community We continue to move
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Welcome FIRST® Teams

MaxBotix Inc., would like to welcome back all returning students to this years’ F.I.R.S.T® competition.Last year we had an enjoyable time watching teams creating robots during Ultimate Ascent competitions. There were many great robots made, and from what we see lots of creative students working on the robots. Like we have done the last several
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MaxBotix Inc., Thanksgiving 2013

Giving thanks for our Company Growth This has been an exciting year of growth at MaxBotix Inc. As of May 2013, our operations are now in a newly remodeled 22,000 square foot building (with 23 attached acres for further construction). In this new facility we have continued, all year, to add people to our wonderful
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CE Compliance Has Arrived!

We are excited to announce that all our parts are officially CE compliant! Our products are ready for European users! Declarations of conformity are available to be downloaded at this link. Through rigorous testing by engineers, we have revealed that our products have always been compliant with CE regulations. So the wait is finally over
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Ultrasonic Snow Sensor Demonstrates Great High Accuracy

Ultrasonic snow depth sensors from MaxBotix Inc., feature high range stability during outdoor operation. We believe that our sensor’s performance meet or exceed that of our competitors, yet feature a much lower cost.Presented is our ultrasonic sensor’s performance, from the MB7354, compared with the performance of the Judd Ultrasonic Snow Depth Sensor and Campbell Scientific
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Ultrasonic Sensor for Snow Depth with Low Cost and High Performance

Today, MaxBotix Inc., is responding to customers demand for reliable, high accuracy, and inexpensive sensors for precision snow depth measurement. The Ultrasonic Sensor MB7364 & Ultrasonic Sensor MB7384 HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR Ultrasonic Snow Sensors use high frequency sound to measure the time of flight to the surface of snow. These snow depth sensors are an evolution of
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HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR Extreme Duty Sensors

MaxBotix Inc., thanks guest writer Tim Gallagher who shares his experience with the MB7369 while transporting heavy equipment. MaxBotix Inc., sensors have been successfully used in extreme duty conditions. Large multi-axle trailers, which are used to transport wind energy equipment across the country, hydraulically adjust the ride height of their payload throughout their journey to
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Welcome FRC2013!

Vouchers Vouchers are enabled for the FIRST® 2013 contest. If you have any questions regarding the voucher codes or for technical assistance please email us at frc@maxbotix.com. <– Click the FRC logo to see our FRC2013 support notes. Like MaxBotix Inc., on Facebook: We will be using the MaxBotix Inc., Facebook page to update FIRST®
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Thanksgiving 2012

In a time of general economic downsizing, MaxBotix Inc., would like to express thanks to God, our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc.This year we increased our product offering from four product lines, to twelve product lines. Here we have greatly increased
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MaxBotix® Inc., Wonderful Innovation!

Wow! We have come out of a wonderful spring and summer of innovation.We just conducted an engineering test of the accuracy of our lowest-cost line of high-resolution sensors, the HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ. The two graphs show 1000 distance measurements each to a bar target at 500mm and 1000mm respectively. The test demonstrates how accurately our sensors measure
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Tank Sensor Test of the HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR

Tank sensors are an important part of industrial automation. MaxBotix Inc., recently performed a liquid level measurement test at our facility. This test ran from July 13, 2012 until July 16, 2012. The test was conducted by filling a bin with water and recording readings from the ultrasonic sensor using the serial connection while the
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MaxBotix® Inc., Sensor Code Examples

1) Code example for BasicX, BX24p.Link 2) Code example for the Basic Micro, Atom.Link 3) Code example using Wright Hobbies, DevBoard-M32 (AVR using Bascom). Link 4) Code example using Parallax, Basic Stamp BS2, BasicStamp. Link 5) C Program Driver for MaxBotix MB7066. Link 6) Arduino I2C code Examples for I2CXL-MaxSonar sensors. Link Code Example for BasicX, BX24p
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HRXL‑MaxSonar®‑WR™ Released

MaxBotix Inc., continues to to expand our sensor line with our newest sensor the HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR. This new rugged sensor line includes the standard outputs that are featured on our current sensor lines with the addition of higher resolution, greater accuracy, and temperature compensation. It also has superior noise rejection when compared to the XL‑MaxSonar‑WR. With
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MaxBotix® Inc., Made in the USA

Many people have been astounded that the MaxBotix Inc., products are made in the USA. With the low prices we advertise when compared to our competitors, we have been asked where our products are manufactured. When employees state “Our products are made in the USA.”, we have many various responses. With electronics it is almost
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HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ Product Details

A look at our new product MaxBotix Inc., has released the HRLV‑MaxSonar‑EZ for sale to the public. As we continue to finalize the design and work through our initial production run we wanted to give our customers a look into some of our new product features. The HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ sensor line features 1 mm resolution, target
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This Sensor is Amazing

I had the opportunity to see the new HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ in operation Wednesday evening this past week. All I can say is WOW! This sensor is truly an amazing piece of engineering work. The most exciting part of the demonstration that I saw was the engineer set up an MB1010 (in free run operation 20Hz) pointed
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MaxBotix®Human Safety Applications

MaxBotix® Inc., products are not authorized for use as critical components in life support devices or systems. As used herein: 1) Life support devices or systems are devices or systems which, (a) are intended for surgical implant into the body, or (b) support or sustain life, and whose failure to perform when properly used in
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MaxBotix® Patent and Copyright Status

MaxBotix® Inc., holds full patent status on the MaxSonar® line of ultrasonic rangefinders (patent 7,679,996). At this time, we do not issue licenses for use of our MaxSonar® product line circuits or software. MaxBotix® Inc., provides circuit information on our MaxSonar® line in our data sheets so our customers can understand the basic circuitry operation
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3 Sensor Multi-Sensor Test and Results

Test Setup MaxBotix Inc., has recently tested operation of our MB7360 HRXL‑MaxSonar‑WR in a multi-sensor environment. The testing was conducted from 11/15/2012 to 11/19/2012. The following presents the test data from a four day, three sensor test to verify multi­sensor operation for the MB7360 ultrasonic sensor. The sensors tested were the MB7360 in free run
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MaxBotix Inc., Christmas 2011

MaxBotix Inc., wishes you a warm, peaceful Christmas Season! Our CEO once commented that MaxBotix Inc., “Gets a new shirt and jeans each month” Company Improvement This has certainly proven true this year with the launch of a new company website, a dramatic increase in our production capacity (and demand), implementation of a company wide
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Merry Christmas from MaxBotix® Inc.

MaxBotix Inc., would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be closed starting December 22nd, and we will resume business on January 2nd to observe the holidays.If anyone wishes to make a purchase over this time, please visit our web-store. You can continue purchasing product directly from our
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Thanksgiving Message for 2011

In a time of general industry economic downsizing, MaxBotix Inc., would like to express thanks to God, our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc. This year we increased our production capacity by 10X, and we have used it. (20X capacity to be
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MaxSonar Sensor Acoustic Noise Tolerance Test

It’s a little known fact that all of our MaxSonar products have been designed with a high acoustic noise tolerance. This means that the MaxSonar sensors from all of our product lines work to reduce or eliminate false detections caused by external noise sources. While acoustic noise tolerance is only a small part of our
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MaxBotix Inc. Another Super Year!

  We would like to express our thanks to our employees, our customers, and our suppliers that have all contributed to another year of super growth at MaxBotix Inc.  This year again, we  moved to larger and better facilities (purchased in 2009). Checkout the product sales chart and see that sales have continued to double every year, an astounding
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Legacy FAQ Index

Legacy FAQ Index for the LV-MaxSonar Products What motivated MaxBotix Inc., to design, build, and market the original MaxSonar-EZ1™? Link How can I quickly verify the operation of the MaxSonar? Link Why do unstable readings occur in my particular setup, and what can I do about them? Link How can I get the best possible accuracy from the analog
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Introducing the XL-MaxSonar® line of Ultrasonic Sensors

The XL-MaxSonar® line of MaxBotix® Inc., ultrasonic range sensors has arrived. This low cost, high performance sensor is available in both indoor and outdoor versions. The XL-MaxSonar® sensor line maintains the same look and feel of the existing LV-MaxSonar® sensor line; with small size, low power, stable range readings, object detection to the front sensor
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MaxBotix® Inc., Ultrasonic Sensor Selected for Research

MaxBotix® Inc., custom-made ultrasonic sensors are scheduled for micro UAV flight-tests. Weighing in at less than seven grams each, these ultrasonic sensors are an evolutionary extension of the MaxSonar®-EZ line, except with custom high-power drive electronics, integrated sensitive amplifiers and envelope detection and signal conditioning. Arrays of these custom ultrasonic sensors provide the ability to
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MaxBotix® Inc Releases the LV‑MaxSonar‑WR1

MaxBotix® Inc., announces the MaxSonar®-WR1(TM) sensors. These sensors are designed for either indoor or outdoor use while maintaining very low cost. The MaxSonar®-WR1(TM) will work in many industrial application such as presence sensing (determining whether an object is present or not), distance measurement, outdoor mounting, people and proximity detection, and tank level detection. The rugged
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MaxSonar® Sensors in a feature article in the June 2008 Servo Magazine

In the past three years, a few articles have been written about our sensors, but the latest one by Fred Eady, is the most detailed article to date. We first learned about this article after the June 2008 Servo Magazine arrived in our mailbox. This article takes up almost ten percent of the June 2008
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Custom Sensors Selected for UAV Project

Below are exerts from a press release from Aurora Flight Sciences (May 2008) in which the MaxSonar®sensors will be used. Aurora Flight Sciences plans in 18 months to fly a micro-sized unmanned air vehicle that is guided by visual and sonar sensors inspired by flies and bats. A pair of MaxBotix acoustic sensors detects even
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MaxBotix® Inc., Expands MaxSonar® Product Line

Users of ultrasonic rangefinders have found that the beam widths of low cost ultrasonic sensors do not always match their application. Wider beam width (and more sensitivity) is better suited for obstacle detection, people detection, collision avoidance, detecting small objects, and more robust detection in the central beam area. Narrower beam width (and less sensitivity)
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MaxBotix® Technologies becomes MaxBotix® Inc.

On July 1st 2006, Maxbotix® Technologies has become MaxBotix® Inc. This changes the legal status of the company and supports the continuing growth of MaxBotix® Inc.