InvenSense takes on $19M for phone motion sensing

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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.