Japan Display Inc, a struggling supplier of screens for Apple Inc’s iPhone, needs another cash cow amid sputtering smartphone demand. The company thinks it’s found the answer in sensors.
JDI has shifted about a third of its research staff to sensor development, more than 100 people, from just a handful a year ago, Chief technology officer Kazutaka Nagaoka said in an interview in Tokyo. The company is betting on demand from the health-care industry for pressure and proximity sensors, Nagaoka said. They could be used in a wrist-worn health tracker, or even be made into a sheet large enough to cover a single bed.