Date: 7th Oct 2010
MEMS based motion sensors making smartphones
ABI Research expects that sensor-driven user interface
(UI) to be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile
UI innovation and has forecased that by 2013, 85% of smartphones
will ship with GPS, over 50% will ship with accelerometers,
and almost 50% will have gyroscopes.
"The growth of sensors in smartphones will be driven
by applications such as gaming, location awareness, and
augmented reality, as well as the expansion of motion-based
commands," says senior analyst Victoria Fodale. "The
high-level operating system of a smartphone, which provides
open application programming interfaces (APIs), has facilitated
the use of data from cameras, sensors, and GPS receivers."
Sensors will also help OEMs to innovate beyond a touchscreen
UI for differentiation in the marketplace. However added
functionality must be balanced with ease of use. "There
is an inherent paradox with technology," says Fodale.
"As mobile devices integrate more technology, the UI
must be kept simple enough to be intuitive for the user."