The new Xoom tablet sure does love the news. According to Motorola's MotoDev page for the Xoom shows that it is fully equipped with an internal Barometer sensor, and Motorola confirmed this on their Facebook page. This will enable the Xoom to provide more accurate predictions and reports of your current weather conditions, and will also be able to detect current altitude -- a great feature for you hikers out there. What else did we not see at CES that the Xoom can do? You can bet we'll be digging to find out! [Motorola via Phone Arena]

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Dperks17 says:

That's sick!!

DubA says:

Just confirm a wifi only version and I'm sold! Barometer will only be used to piss off my Ipad friends. :-)

rjmlakota says:


rjmlakota says:

+1 - If I hear a wifi only version....I will be in line to get one!!

chrisd#AC says:

No hygrometer = FAIL

TheMan876 says:

It has those to void your warranty if it gets wet! ^_^

mihabt says:

Any GPS chips?

paulus says:

"-- a great feature for you hikers out there."
What? You think I'm taking this thing hiking??

Lol, you might be surprised ;)

josuearisty says:

Thats a great tablet now!

Yourdogsdead says:

Great, now someone has to make an altimeter app. VSI would also be nice as well. Although, it does seem like an odd addition.

icebike says:

Maybe it enforces Airplane mode upon takeoff or something.

And I wish they would stop calling a 3 plane accelerometer a gyroscope. Words have meaning.

Yourdogsdead says:

I had always wondered how they made a gyroscope solid state.

bri3d says:

It's called MEMS and it basically involves vibrating plates of microscopic silicon. Depending on if you count electromechanical systems as "solid state" (most people don't) it isn't technically solid state at all.

bri3d says:

MEMS gyroscopes are distinctly different in method and operation from 3-axis accelerometers and most devices these days have both.

dacp283 says:

If I could get a rambox or otterbox for this id definitely take it on my camping trips. I have a rambox mounted on my mountain bike for my X. Use my tracks to track distance, route, speed and elevations.

icebike says:

Sure. And plug it into a current bush every 8 hours.

dacp283 says:

To clarify no I don't want the xoom on my bike lol.

icebike says:

Why? Just Why?

rakibby says:

I'll bet only 1% of the 1% owners of a XOOM will ever have there's outside to even need a Barometer. Not sure exactly what that is going to do for me sitting in my house most of it's life.

dacp283 says:

Barometric pressure isn't effected much in your house... unless of course its air tight.

curney says:

"Air tight" don't hear that on an electronics blog much.

fwdixon says:

I can see this being very useful to GA pilots to replace the older purpose-built EFB's.

crxssi says:

What is the point of having a barometer if there is also no ambient thermometer and hygrometer?