Different types of Mobile Sensors

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Different sensors in mobile phones play a vital role. Today’s smartphones are laced with many advanced features combining many small but highly functioning components, all together these tiny components make today’s mobile devices smarter. Many tiny mobile sensors have some distinct functions to equip your mobile, have you ever thought of, how mobile can automatically adjust screen brightness or on the torch when you shake your phone or how it shows the exact location on maps, etc., all this is done with the help of different small tiny sensors located in your smartphone. Here is brief knowledge about all the major and most useful sensors in mobiles.

    Types of sensors in mobile

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensors
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Thermometer
  • Biometrics
  • NFC

1. Accelerometer:

An accelerometer sensor in mobile is used to detect the smartphone’s orientation whether it is in portrait or landscape orientation. The accelerometer sensor provides a comfortable viewing experience for the user.

2. Ambient Light Sensor:

This sensor helps mobile to adjust screen brightness automatically by detecting the surrounding light. When the auto-brightness mode is on the sensor works for adjusting screen brightness.

3. Barometer Sensor:

 A barometer is used to measure atmospheric pressure and a barometer sensor also assists GPS in smartphones to know the exact location of the device by providing instantly the altitude data. Some weather apps use barometric sensors.

4. Gyroscope/ Gyro Sensor:

Gyro Sensor provides the accuracy for the smartphone to detect precisely the direction, rotation, the orientation of mobile. Many gaming apps use a gyro sensor, the gyroscope enables the mobile to get commands by tilting or moving the mobile in an up-down, left-right direction.

5. Hall Sensor:

Hall sensor in mobile enables the mobile to close the screen or put the mobile on ideal mode. It works by detecting a magnetic field, mostly it is used when there is a flip cover on a mobile, that enables the phone to act according to the flip cover.

6. Magnetometer Sensor:

A magnetometer is used in navigation, maps, direction, and the compass of the smartphone. As magnetometer sensor detects the magnetic field and easily locates the north pole direction. A magnetometer is also capable of detecting metal.

7. Proximity Sensor:

A proximity sensor is mainly useful in detecting the distance of a mobile from the skin. Most touchscreen mobiles are laced with proximity sensors to avoid accidental operation of the touchscreen during calls, as the mobile is held near the ear of the user the mobile puts the touchscreen on standby mode with help of a proximity sensor.

8. Thermometer:

Today smartphones have inbuilt thermometer sensors, with the help of thermometer sensors mobiles are unable to monitor the temperature of the mobile and the environment. This helps to display the temperature to the user and in case of overheating of the device shut down the mobile to prevent it from further damage.

9. Biometric Sensor:

Bio-metric sensors are used to enhance mobile security by using different biometric measures to lock and unlock mobile devices. Fingerprint recognition, face recognition, IRIS eye scanning, etc. Bio-metric sensors provide more security to mobile devices in a more convenient way.

10. NFC (Near Field Communication):

NFC sensor is available in some smartphones, with the help of this sensor the mobile can communicate with nearby NFC devices by bringing both devices within a 4-inch range. Each device shares a high range frequency to communicate with each other through encrypted data sending. There is no need for battery support for the NFC device to work. Mainly this is used to share videos, and photos, and make payments in a much more secure way as both devices are supposed to hold very near to each other.

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