MEMS’ the word ~ Part 2
Now, if you are a non-techie and if you haven’t read my previous blog on MEMS’ the word, you are forgiven, as it may come across as a very ‘techie’ subject. In that blog, I discussed how MEMS (micro electro mechanical system)-based accelerometers and gyroscopes enable motion and gesture based actions on your smartphones and tablets. Today, I came across an excellent video by Bill Hammack from the University of Illinois – explaining how accelerometers work in a smartphone – a simple and elegant illustration, I must add. Check out the video here, if you would like to feel a bit more “techified”. Cool video, isn’t it? Of course it is – these inertial or motion sensors enabled by MEMS have already become standard and ‘must-have’ features in almost every mobile device including smartphones and tablets. I am sure some of you out there might have even tried to desperately flip the last standing pig over by tilting your iPhone while playing Angry Birds – no, it certainly doesn’t work that way. But, such has been the effect of integrating accelerometers and gyroscopes in mobile devices on consumers. More importantly, these are becoming a key differentiator for mobile device manufacturers in enabling different capabilities and functionalities, including location-based services and augmented reality. Our latest research on MEMS in Mobile finds that future mobile augmented reality and location based services will be powered by over 4 billion MEMS sensor devices including accelerometer, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity & temperature sensors by 2016. There are lots of additional functionalities enabled by MEMS that smartphones and tablets will pick up over time and those capabilities have already started to appear such as stabilisation control and joysticks to play Angry Birds (and yes, maybe for navigation). But for now, let us go and destroy some pigs without any joysticks….