Motorola Xoom Sports A Barometer, One More Thing The iPad Can’t Do

More and more news and features continue to leak and trickle out for Motorola’s monster Xoom Tablet.  One more thing to add to the list of things the iPad can’t do, a Barometer.  In fact, technically, the barometer will coincide with an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope and an ambient light sensor.  So, unless you’re Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, chasing tornadoes all day long, or you’re a meteorologist, we’re not sure how these features will benefit anyone.  But hey, more is better right?  Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

[via engadget]

  • Rob_nz

    A barometer is also the basis of altitude measurement.

    GPS does give elevation, but is somewhat coarse, particulalrly at higher latitudes.

    Combining barometric and GPS could give a very accurate altitude reading (assuming the baro is calibrated automatically for local sea-level pressure.

  • Anon123

    Having trouble figuring out how to use input from a barometer. Can’t wait to see what they had in mind when they added it.

  • I heard Google wants to put a barometer in all mobile devices so the can more accurately predict local weather in the future.

  • Llies Meridja

    Imagine what Spock would do with that.

  • A Edgar

    Here’s your answer. In short the pressure sensor (barometer) gives greater accuracy to the altitude measurements which are initially calibrated by the GPS.
    See:
    http://www.sensorsmag.com/electronics-computers/consumer/mems-pressure-sensors-pedestrian-navigation-7896