MEMS 3D Gyroscopes To Come To iPhone v3 and others

A surge in market orders for MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) gyroscopes means that most, if not all of the leading mobile phone manufacturers will include them at least in their high end models.

MEMS will allow mobile phones to detect movement in a third dimension (depth) which means much better motion-sensing abilities, and a definite step towards capabilities similar to Nintendo's Wii-mote.

All major manufacturers - Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Motorola, LG Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Apple - will benefit from the cost reduction in MEMS prices as they account for only 3 percent of the price of smartphones.

In comparison, haptic LCD touchscreens can account for a quarter (or more) of the price of high end devices.

MEMS are generally used in any devices that require some sort of stabilisation or motion-detection in 3D; no wonder then that they are found in a number of consumer goods ranging from gaming consoles, digital cameras, cars as well as in military hardware like missiles.

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