Having been inspired by the increased responsiveness of the Wii MotionPlus controller, every major vendor of smartphones will begin integrating micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) gyroscopes in their new models beginning next month. Look for every smartphone vendor to include MEMS gyros in their next generation mobile phones before 2012. R.C.J.
The industry's worst-kept secret is that the first mobile handset to pack a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope will roll next month. Analyst speculation on the vendor has ranged from Apple (with the iPhone 4G) to HTC and ST-Ericsson, but regardless of who is first, every major smartphone vendor is predicted to follow suit by 2012.
Gyroscopes will become ubiquitous in smartphones, according to analysts, because gyros can support new user interface modes, enhance the online gaming experience, perform indoor navigation by virtue of dead reckoning and enable augmented-reality applications that overlay information about a target when a phone's digital camera is pointed at it...
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