InvenSense takes on $19M for phone motion sensing

While the first thing many people will think of when they hear “motion sensing” is home security systems, the technology that InvenSense is working on has more in common with a Nintendo Wii than ADT.

InvenSense makes gyroscopes and accelerometers that can sense the movements users make while holding mobile devices. The technology could lead to gesture-enabled phones and new gaming techniques.

The $19 million funding was led by Sierra Ventures. Also participating were Foxconn, Inventec Appliances, Skylake Ventures, DoCoMo Capital, and VentureTech Alliance. The company’s last funding was for $11 million.