Today is a good day for MEMS Start, and an even better day for our first portfolio company MEMS Drive. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Oppo just announced that MEMS Drive's sensor-based optical image stabilization technology will soon be integrated into their smart phones.
The advantages of MEMS Drive's sensor based optical image stabilization technology are many. The specs are nothing short of amazing! It provides three axis image stabilization by also sensing and compensating for motion on the roll axis, a direction that current technology is not capable of compensating. That's because rotating a lens doesn't change anything, you need to rotate the sensor. It's also over three times faster and 10 times more precise in the pitch and yaw axes than current technology. In fact, with a 1/3 pixel precision, it is the first and only sub-pixel optical image stabilization in the world. All of this while taking up less space and consuming 50 times less power than competing approaches. Check out a video of the MEMS actuator behind the new SmartSensor here.
Oppo may not be well known to US consumers yet, but with their conviction to introduce cool new miniaturization technologies into their smart phones, I can't wait to get my hands on one!