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MEMS, gesture recognition to transform mobile experience

Posted: 11 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ABI Research? accelerometer? gyroscope? NFC? gesture recognition?

According to the latest study from ABI Research, accelerometers, gyroscopes, NFC and gesture recognition are projected to make the greatest penetration gains in mobile devices in the coming years. These technologies are predicted to transform how users interact with their mobile devices, added the market analytics company.

"Hands-free operation or gesture recognition is soon going to become a key differentiator in high-end flagship smartphones, media tablets and smart glasses," said senior analyst Joshua Flood, ABI Research. "Samsung's latest Galaxy S4 has already incorporated the technology within its handset and has received significant plaudits for its new innovative user experience. Furthermore, with a host of new smart glass products soon to be released, it is easy to imagine the usefulness of the interface with this product." In 2013, almost 12 per cent of smartphones shipped will have vision-based gesture recognition capabilities.

MEMS, gesture recognition to transform mobile experience

Accelerometers and gyroscopes play a crucial role with today's mobile devices, enabling devices to be more intuitive and take action without a user pressing a button. Simple actions such as switching from portrait to landscape when a smartphone is tilted are made possible by including these components. Additionally, the fast growing mobile gaming market is highly dependent upon smartphones including gyroscopes, which enhance gaming experience. Nearly half of the smartphones shipped this year will include these MEMS sensor types.

NFC has been one of the most talked about mobile technologies that has not quite taken off. The technology has primarily been focused around mobile payments. However, mobile OEMs have begun to see other potential capabilities for the technology such as photo-sharing and location information tag points that could open a huge market for advertising and marketing campaigns. Within three years, it is anticipated one in two smartphones shipped will include NFC and have gesture recognition capabilities. Furthermore, accelerometers and gyroscopes will be the "norm" with most smartphones.





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