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05-21-2011, 09:00 AM #1
New Mobile Sensor Technology for Smartphones
Many of the features that iDevice users enjoy are made possible by the many different sensors embedded within the hardware. Whether it's the proximity sensor or gyroscope, sensors enhance re-define key components and possibilities to your iDevice. Without them, and devices today would act and behave quite differently. As technology advances, so does the number of mobile sensors and the capabilities of each.
Bits (Business Inovation Technology Society) of the New York Times made contact with Benedetto Vigna, the general manager of the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) department of STMicroelectronics, in a recent interview. A company based out of Geneva, Switzerland, STMicroelectronics creates sensors and other similar technologies for smartphone devices. Vigna answered a few questions to Bits about what we should see as upcoming new sensor technologies. A few he mentioned are listed below:
- Altimeter sensor(s)
- Heart monitor(s)
- More microphones
- Temperature/Humidity sensor(s)
On top of these, the concern with smartphone security has driven companies to design security related sensors. Vigna described a particular sensor that watches and analyzes how you use your smartphone. Soon after it begins to lock/unlock phone accordingly based on how you use it. Ultimately Viga says, your socks, shoes, hair, etc. will one day have sensors to enhance your every day living.
With this said, the upcoming release of the new iPhone 5 could house some if not all of the features mentioned above. Or if not any of these yet, it is guaranteed that with the advancement of mobile sensors, upcoming smartphones will begin to sense more and more about the environment that they are in.
Source(s): Bits - New York Times
Last edited by Joshua Tucker; 05-21-2011 at 09:17 AM.