"Nintendo and Sony are quickly proving that motion sensing is the wave of the gaming future, as both companies are staking the technology as standard features in their next generation game systems. But current gaming devices aren't left out in the cold, as Santa Clara, California -based InvenSense announced today that it has produced an inexpensive motion-sensing solution that's been developed specifically for handheld devices.
The company's IDG-300 is a motion-sensing gyroscope that can be incorporated in portable devices. The unit can sense up to 400 degrees of rotation a second on two different axis, giving users more freedom of navigation in specially-written applications.
The technology may differ from what Nintendo has used in the past - the motion sensing technology for 2005's Game Boy Advance title Wario Ware Twisted was supplied by NEC - but the application offered by InvenSense is similar to past offerings. The company's IDG-300 is a very small 6mm by 6mm unit that can easily be embedded in tiny devices such as mobile phones, or - better yet - housed in the small cartridge format of the Nintendo DS or in a USB dongle for the PlayStation Portable.
InvenSense promises that parties can purchase the IDG-300 chip at a mass-quantity cost of less than three dollars a unit, which means that ambitious publishers could approach this technology to create games that utilize this motion sensing chipset.
More details on the IDG-300 chipset can be checked out at the company's website: www.invensense.com."
Also, here's the product link on Ivensence's site http://www.invensense.com/products/idg_300.html.
This sounds very cool. Hopefully they'll use this technology in Loco Roco!