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The global capacitive sensor market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% over the next five years, reaching a market value of $17.89 billion by 2018.
In electrical engineering, capacitive sensing is a technology based on capacitive coupling which takes human body capacitance as input.
Capacitive sensors detect anything that is conductive or has a dielectric different than that of air. While capacitive sensing applications can replace mechanical buttons with capacitive alternatives, other technologies such as multi-touch and gesture-based touch screens are also premised on capacitive sensing.
Capacitive touch sensors are used in many devices such as laptop track pads, digital audio players, computer displays, mobile phones, mobile devices, tablets and others.
More and more design engineers are selecting capacitive sensors for their versatility, reliability and robustness, unique human-device interface and cost reduction over mechanical switches.
Increasing demand of the sensors in the consumer electronics sector and reduction in the size of the sensor are considered to be the major driving factors of the market.
Most of the major smartphone manufacturers like Apple (US), Nokia (Finland), and Samsung (South Korea) are using the capacitive touch sensors for the touch screens in the smartphones as well as for the input devices like buttons, sliders, keypads, and touchpads.
Capacitive touch sensors are in huge demand for the input devices as compared to the mechanical input devices because the problem of wear & tear is negligible for the capacitive sensing devices.
In the retail & medical sector, there is a huge scope for the capacitive sensors in future as these sensors are continuously opting for care monitoring systems and other point-of-sale displays.
APAC is expected to boost the growth rate of the global capacitive sensor market because of the continuous improvements and technological advancements in the sensor industry within countries like Japan, Korea, China and India.
For more information on the global capacitive sensor market, see the latest research: Global Capacitive Sensor Market
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