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Smartphone industry insiders are seeing even more advanced sensors showing up in upcoming versions of the Apple iPhone, among other devices. Once such tech? Gyroscopic sensors, like those found in the motion sensing Wii remote from Nintendo. The tech, which uses Microelectrochemical (MEMS) gyroscopes to measure […]

Smartphone industry insiders are seeing even more advanced sensors showing up in upcoming versions of the Apple iPhone, among other devices. Once such tech? Gyroscopic sensors, like those found in the motion sensing Wii remote from Nintendo. The tech, which uses Microelectrochemical (MEMS) gyroscopes to measure rotational movement, helps enhance the motion-sensing abilities for the Nintendo controller. If implemented in a future version of the iPhone, it would allow similar attitudinal awareness functions in the smartphone. The advanced capabilities would allow the device to figure out its position in 3D space, instead of just its angle of relative tilt, as is currently the case.

Apple isn’t alone. According to the report, all of the major handset manufacturers are set to begin using the technology, as manufacturing costs, which are already cheap, continue to drop. An obvious application for this kind of tech in the iPhone is with bowling, golf, and other sports games, which currently require you to swing the phone itself to control in-game action. In addition to increasing the range and quality of those types of actions, the improved motion tech could have major tie-ins with Mac computers and desktop gaming. Nintendo and Sony have both used their handhelds as controllers for their systems, and Apple already takes advantage of the iPhone’s potential as a remote device for controlling your Mac, so it’s very possible that we could see a gaming relationship develop between Apple-branded phones and computers.

There are other applications as well. Better motion sensing would improve the iPhone’s usefulness as a workout monitor, and its abilities as a dyno app for tracking car performance. Don’t go expecting this at Macworld or anything, but it definitely isn’t a far-fetched possibility, since the industry’s definitely heading in that direction, so we could see it in a 4G iPhone.

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  1. That’ll be around the time I’m ready to upgrade my original iPhone.

  2. lol iFit xD I play Wii Fit

  3. MEMS = micro-electronical-mechanical-devices. Where does chemical come in?

  4. 4g? I don’t think 3g stands for third generation, rather 3g network. I doubt the next iPhone will be called 4g…

  5. Lot’s of errors in this article. First off, if these are micro-electro-chemical sensors, spell it right (there’s no “h”). Second, MEMS refers to micro-electro-mechanical systems not micro-electro-chemical systems. It would be nice to know which one it is, no?

  6. Remember when there were all those people throwing Wiimotes into their televisions? Imagine that but with iPhones and computers. It’s not going to be pretty.

  7. Weekly App Store Roundup: Dec. 13th, 2008 | TheAppleBlog Saturday, December 13, 2008

    [...] breath. It’s been another hectic week here at TAB, we considered the potential arrival of a Nintendo Wii-style iPhone, rejoiced at the release of a multi-touch Firefox Beta, extolled the virtues of Mac-augmented [...]

  8. @Joe: Yes 3G in ‘iPhone 3G’ stands for the 3G network, but he meant 4G as in the 4th generation iPhone. The iPhone 3G is actually the 2nd generation iPhone.

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