25 March 2005, 02:44 by mark hoekstra

The Apple Motion Sensor

Not long ago, Apple added a feature called Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) to the PowerBook line. The sensor attempts to prevent data loss by parking the heads of an active disk drive after detecting a “sudden motion”, which could be due to strong vibrations or a fall.

But… there’s a better use for something interesting like this, isn’t there?

On kernelthread.com they think there is.

The PowerBook Sudden Motion Sensor
The Apple Motion Sensor As A Human Interface Device

In short, you can use the powerbook as a ‘Human Interface Device’... even shorter… you can now play games with your powerbook by tilting it! :-)

Be sure to check out the movies:

Playing Neverball
Playing several games

On Applefritter they experiment as well :-)

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