ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) anticipates that the sensor-driven user interface (UI) will be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile UI innovation -- turning objects, locations, and people into networked, interactive elements.
By 2013, 85% of smartphones will ship with GPS, over 50% will ship with accelerometers, and almost 50% will have gyroscopes, says the research group.
“The growth of sensors in smartphones will be driven by applications such as gaming, location awareness, and augmented reality, as well as the expansion of motion-based commands,” says senior analyst Victoria Fodale. “The high-level operating system of a smartphone, which provides open application programming interfaces (APIs), has facilitated the use of data from cameras, sensors, and GPS receivers.”
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