Omron has created a new type of thermal sensor which can be used for a number of new applications within hand held devices, such as smartphones.
As well as being able to check heat within surrounding objects, the new sensor can also be used for motion detection and attached to a PC for access control as an example. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
Omron explain a little more about their sensor using MEMS technology:
“It can tell if there is someone present, so it could be used in security systems that sound an alarm if a person is detected. On the other hand, it can also detect if there is no one present, so it could also be used to save energy, by turning off lights, or turning down air conditioners.”
“Our MEMS detects infrared light, and converts it into electrical signals which are used to measure the temperature. We create MEMS to the ASICs all in-house, so the quality of the connection between the ASIC and MEMS is the most distinct feature of our products.”