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Jun 28th, 2013
 
Sharp's new sensor detects gestures, illuminance, proximity
 
Sharp Corp developed a proximity sensor equipped with a function to detect the movements (such as gestures) of an object and illuminance sensor function.
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It is the industry's first sensor that can detect gestures, illuminance and proximity, Sharp said. The company will start to ship samples of the sensor, "GP2AP050A00F," June 28, 2013, and begin volume production in September 2013 at a monthly rate of three million units. It is targeted mainly at smartphones and tablet computers.

Sharp is now in business negotiations with other companies. And a smartphone equipped with the new proximity sensor is expected to hit the market within 2013.

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