A decade ago Omron told me that they were going to enter the medical electronics market, after conquering the market for electronic-turnstyles in Japanese subways. Now Omron is almost synonymous with blood-pressure electronics. So when they say to me that they are gearing up to enter the consumer market for MEMS chips, I pay attention. Look for Omron to likewise conquer the MEMS chip market for consumer electronics within three to seven years. WEBLOG: http://NextGenLog.org TWITTER: @NextGenLog
This is something really unique. Yes there are innumerable of MEMS sensors present in the market but merging them with the smartphones is not easy task. If Omron can achieve this feat I am sure they will be tough competitors to beat.
Cool move for Omron. They are already in the consumer electronics business with over-the-counter blood pressure 'gadgets'. See teardown of of one here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cmp/eetimes_medelec_20101108/#/54/OnePage.
Can't be a too tough to enter the mobile consumer devices market. Pressure sensors will be everywhere and MEMS is the enabling technology for integration and high volume.