Sensors come in all shapes and sizes these days and fulfill all sorts of uses. From pressure and humidity sensors increasingly appearing in smartphones, to night vision and infrared, sensors are everywhere and in every form. Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
CES saw a proliferation of sophisticated sensors, said analyst John Curran, managing director in technology-consulting company Accenture’s consumer and high-tech practice. This year, innovations in tracking -- eye movement and gestures in particular -- as well as in the detection of temperature, pressure, magnetic fields, and biometrics, were evident. “The best supporting actors for the past couple of years have stepped onto the fore this year,” Curran told EE Times.
Another view Sensiron's SHTC1, the humidity and temperature sensor in Samsung GS4.
Use of sensors across a whole host of products and businesses is exploding. “As these sensors become more durable and demonstrate greater fidelity, we’re beginning to see really interesting ways companies are using them to collect data and translate that in a digital format.” Among the items Curran cited were TVs, phablets, and household appliances -- all examples of the expanding role sensors are playing in more devices.
“The big themes [were] just the degree to which every business was becoming a digital business and every consumer becoming a digital consumer,” Curran said. “We saw this across the board as devices are increasingly looking to translate the physical world into the digital world.”
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