Wired.com : Hackers Tilt PowerBook for Tricks

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  1. 01000101

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    With the mouse entering its fifth decade, it could perhaps be on the verge of retirement -- at least if a combination of Apple Computer engineering and the work of enterprising hackers bears fruit.

    Introduced with the company's most recent round of PowerBook updates, Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor is designed to detect any strong vibration or sudden motion -- such as the laptop being dropped from a desk -- and park the drive heads, lessening the chances of damage to the drive. But the motion sensor does more than just notice sudden movement: It can be used to determine the angle the PowerBook is tilted at in any direction, along with the velocity at which the computer is being moved.

    Enterprising hackers have discovered that because the new motion sensor returns reasonably accurate measurements to Mac OS X, it can be used to do some cool tricks, from realigning an image in a window so it always points up, no matter what angle you hold the laptop at, to controlling what's playing in iTunes -- rock the machine backward to go to the next track, forward to play the previous one.


    more http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,66936,00.html
     
  2. nashstradamus

    nashstradamus New Member

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    that will lead to alot of scratched powerbooks
    I bey most people wouldnt want to do that cuz it sounds like you would have to shake the bitch and no one would want to hurt their baby
     
  3. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    thats some creative people
     
  4. hootpie

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    Tilting replacing the mouse? :ugh2:
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    IBM has had this for a long time on their notebooks... but I like how Apple somehow tries to take credit for it.
     
  7. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    true enough, but it's also Wired's fault for writing the article that way. And they mention later that IBM had the technology first... so you should probably RTFA too :o
     
  8. Bolicious

    Bolicious Handleobraese

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    That's pretty bad ass.
     
  9. Bolicious

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    Show me where apple is taking credit for inventing it. :hsugh:

    It may be a great advance for the powerbook, but I don't recall them saying it was the first time technology was applied to any notebook or that Apple invented the technology.
     
  10. biawokauns

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    having technology does not = proper implementation of it

    apple takes everything and makes it the best, see airport express, powerbook, ipod, oh wait, their entire product line (minus iwork :o)

    ethernet for example was developed by xerox and determined to be useless...sold it to another company, and look at it now?
     

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