New ideas for cell phone sensors

A N.Y. Times article refers to Benedetto Vigna, the general manager of the Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) division of STMicroelectronics, regarding new sensors that might be built into cell phones soon.


  • Altimeters detecting elevation: “These sensors will tell people what floor they are on in a building, or could be used to more precisely determine where you are in relation to your friends on a location-based service,” says Vigna.
  • Heart monitors
  • Perspiration detection: to monitor excitement level and mood.
  • More microphones
  • Temperature sensors
  • Humidity sensors
Two applications mentioned in the article are
  • Games that react to one’s mood and excitement
  • Increasing security by identifying a user via the sensor data. This could also make banking safer.