Capacitive Sensing: Disruptive Opportunities in Key Sectors (TechVision)

Compact, Low Power Capacitive Sensors to Impact T ouch, Motion, Proximity, Inertial Parameters

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Capacitive sensor technology provides key benefits, such as a small form factor, low power, and immunity to temperature effects. This research service identifies and assesses key opportunities, developments, and innovations in capacitive sensors. Different types of capacitive sensor technologies are profiled, including MEMS capacitive sensors and soft, stretchable capacitive sensors. Key sensing parameters, such as touch, acceleration angular rate, pressure, humidity, gas, fingerprint identification, and proximity/position, are scrutinized, along with key applications for different types of capacitive sensors, such as consumer electronics and wearables, automotive, industrial, aerospace/military, and healthcare.
The technology and innovation report covers:
•     An overview of key technology and market trends impacting capacitive sensing
•     A review of key technological and business challenges and drivers influencing the adoption and growth
•     Overview of key developments and advancements (innovation landscape and profiles)
•     Landscape of key application segments
•     Key market/application needs and requirements that impact the prospects for R&D initiatives
•     Market potential, growth opportunities, and roadmap
•     Insights into the technological issues and market requirements that need to be addressed and exploited in order to capture opportunities

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope 1.2 Research Methodology1.3 Research Methodology Explained1.4 Key Findings –New Opportunities in Touch Sensing and Gesture Recognition1.5 Key Findings - High Impact on Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Healthcare Sectors2.0 Key Enabling Capacitive Sensing Technologies2.1 Capacitive Sensors – Soft, Touch, Proximity, Accelerometer2.2 Capacitive Sensors – Level, Pressure, and Flow2.3 Capacitive Sensors – Humidity, Fingerprint, and MEMS Gyros 2.4 Capacitive MEMS RF and Capacitive Gas Sensors3.0 Technology Deep Dive3.1 Capacitive Touch Sensing – Mobile Phones, Tablets, Digital Cameras, and mp3 Players are Potential Applications 3.2 Capacitive Inertial Sensors3.3 Capacitive Proximity Sensors Enables Non-Contact Sensing3.4 Capacitive Humidity Sensors – HVAC, Healthcare, Automotive, Home, and Industrial are Potential Applications3.5 Capacitive Touchless Sensors for Gesture Recognition 3.6 Capacitive Soft or Stretch Sensor – Motion Capture is a Potential Application 3.7 Capacitive Pressure Sensors – Healthcare, Automotive, HVAC, Process Control, Consumer are Potential Applications3.8 Capacitive MEMS Gyros Enables Miniaturized, Low Power Devices 3.9 Capacitive Level Sensors are Useful for Harsh Environments 3.10 Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors – Consumer, Automotive, Smart Cards, Home Appliances are Potential Applications 3.11 Capacitive MEMS RF Switches3.12 Capacitive Gas Sensors Enables Simple and Reliable Sensing4.0 Innovation Ecosystem and Innovation Profiles4.1 Representative Companies and Organizations Involved in Capacitive Touch, Touchless, Inertial, or Soft Sensors4.2 Capacitive Sensing of Electronic Faucets4.3 Industrial-Grade Force Sensing Capacitive Touch Screen4.4 Gesture Recognition Using Wearable Tactile Capacitive Sensor Arrays4.5 Humidity Sensors with Improved Polyimide Materials 4.6 Ultra Low Noise Capacitive Proximity Sensor4.7 Insole Capacitive Pressure Sensors 4.8 Enhanced User Identification on Capacitive Touch Screens 4.9 Wafer Level Vacuum Encapsulated Capacitive Accelerometer4.10 Combo Sensors for Mobile and Wearable Applications4.11 Flexible, Soft Motion Capture Sensors4.12 Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor with an Improved Sensing Element4.13 Capacitive RF MEMS Switches 4.14 Capacitive Gas Detection Microsystem5.0 Application Landscape – Consumer Electronics5.1 Capacitive Touch and Touchless Sensors – Opportunities for Wearables5.2 Capacitive Inertial Sensors – Screen Activation, Motion Sensing, Activity Monitoring Applications5.3 Capacitive Inertial Sensors - Multi-axis Combo Sensors are Finding Opportunities5.4 Capacitive Soft or Stretch and Pressure Sensors 5.5 Capacitive Fingerprint Sensors Widely Used in Smart Phones 6.0 Application Landscape – Automotive6.1 Capacitive Inertial and Humidity Sensors – Electronic Stability Control, Navigation and Vehicle Cabin are Potential Applications6.2 Capacitive Pressure and Stretch Sensors6.3 Capacitive Touch Sensors are Finding Expanding Use in Vehicles6.4 Capacitive Touchless Sensors Find Use in Infotainment Systems7.0 Application Landscape – Industrial7.1 Capacitive Accelerometers Can Find Opportunities in High Speed Trains7.2 Capacitive Gyros is Used in Varied Applications as Construction, Drones, Oil and Gas, Medical7.3 Capacitive Humidity Sensors can Reduce Energy Costs in Controlled Ventilation8.0 Application Landscape – Aerospace/Military8.1 Inertial Sensors – AHRS, IMU, Navigation, Guidance and Flight Control9.0 Application Landscape – Healthcare9.1 Capacitive Sensors – Pacemakers, Gait Analysis, External Defibrillator 9.2 Capacitive Sensors – Sleep Apnea Monitoring, Wearables, Personalized Health Management10.0 Growth Opportunities10.1 Roadmap: Representative Applications with Enhanced Opportunities Over the Next 5-7 Years11.0 Drivers and Challenges11.1 Wearables, Enhanced Interaction, Competition, Technological Aspects are Key Influencing Factors12.0 Capacitive Sensors Market12.1 Capacitive Sensors Market Potential – Touch Sensors Drives Opportunities12.2 MEMS Inertial Sensors will Drive Growth Opportunities 13.0 Key Conclusions13.1 Key Conclusions – Create Value Added Sensing Solutions13.2 Key Conclusions – Touchless Sensors Hold Potential in Textile based On-body Sensing13.3 Key Conclusions – Infotainment Systems are Benefitted by Touchless Sensors13.4 Key Conclusions - Multi-axis Accelerometers, Gyros, Magnetometers Find Greater Use in Consumer Electronics13.5 Key Conclusions – MEMS Humidity Sensors can Find Opportunities in Wearables13.6 Key Conclusions – Wearables will Find Greater Opportunities in the Future 14.0 Key Contacts14.1 Key Contacts14.2 Disclaimer15.0 The Frost & Sullivan Story15.1 Value Proposition: Future of Your Company & Career15.2 Global Perspective15.3 Industry Convergence15.4 Implementation Excellence

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