How You Funded Some of the World's Greatest Technologies, Including Fruit Ninja

By Jordan Robertson - 2014-04-01T16:13:22Z

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Finger Swipes

Siri isn't the only DARPA-backed technology that has changed smartphones. Every time you tilt a mobile device to change the orientation of an image or swipe a finger across the screen to slice a watermelon (see: "Fruit Ninja"), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) come into play. This technology - which DARPA began funding in the 1990s - relies on accelerometers and gyroscopes to instruct software in mobile games and other apps to do things based on motion detection.

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