“Tapping” the Motion Sensor in New Powerbooks


Taking Amit’s information to the next level, these guys used the Powerbook Motion Sensor along with some custom code (which they provide for download if you’ve got a tasty new Powerbook) to control their iTunes music – mainly skipping to the next track – by bumping or tilting the Powerbook.

They’ve named the download, Bumptunes. Very cool.

Matt does some further thinking about the usage of the new Motion Sensor here.

I love the innovative thinking out there, no matter the platform. But the great thing about Apple’s stuff is that this functionality is fairly open for the rest of us to tweak and enhance. I’ve no doubt that additional uses will come from this technology that Apple never intended, nor thought of as they implemented it. In fact, here’s my idea:
Using the “Stable Windows” (that Amit writes about – 2 thirds of the way down the page), you could recreate the multi-axis displays from the Apple olden days with your new Powerbook. For page design and layout it may have some merits – but only if you’re using an external keyboard/mouse.

Ok, so it’s a simple and pretty uninspired idea, but the sky’s the limit. Amit, Matt, and Timo have only scratched the surface here. Who else has some great Motion Sensor ideas – or even better, implementations – to share?


g monte

where is the actual download? maybe i’m retarded and can’t find it, but i’ve looked at the script an it says to put the bumptunes.py file and amstracker in the same directory, but i can’t find where the bumptunes file can be wloaded from!! please help!!

Mark Wubben

What about having the screen change window when you turn the PowerBook to the client in front of you? I bet his eyes will pop out if he sees the change caused by the turning!

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