Imaging Gesture and Proximity Sensor

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The APDS-9500 provides an imaging-based gesture recognition function with an I2C-bus interface in a single 18-pin package. It recognizes nine gestures, including move up, move down, move left, move right, move forward, move backward, circle-clockwise, circle-counterclockwise and wave. This gesture information can be easily accessed via the I2C bus. It also provides built-in proximity detection for sensing objects approaching or departing.


Imaging-based proximity and gesture sensor in an optical module

  • Gesture output
– Nine-gesture recognition
  • Proximity output
– Object brightness output
– Object size output
  • Cursor mode output
– X and Y output
  • Image output
– SPI output
– 30 × 30 pixels / 60 × 60 pixels
– 9-bit gray scale
  • Ambient light immunity
  • I2C-bus interface compatible
– Data rates up to 400 kHz
– Dedicated Interrupt pin
  • Flexible power saving mode
  • VDD range from 2.8V to 3.3V
  • I/O voltage range from 1.8V to 3.3V
  • Small package: 6.87 × 3.76 × 2.86 mm (L × W × H)


  • Gesture detection
  • Cell phone touch-screen disable
  • Mechanical switch replacement
  • Frontal face tracking

Lifecycle Status


Substance Compliance

  • RoHS6
    Fully Compliant
Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Distrib. Inventory Yes
RoHS6 Compliant Y
Package SMD
Max Detection Distance up to 60 cm
Supply Voltage (V) 2.8 - 3.3
Output Digital I2C / SPI
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