accelerometer doesnt work in colder temps?

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i have noticed this when in outside jogging that the accelerometer on my first gen touch doesnt kick in when outside easily. however once i move into a warmer climate it does like expected

    anyone else experience this?
     
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    Funny you mention that, I just got back from a walk and noticed the same thing...
     
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    id say 40's/50's ish

    nothing too chilly. just found it very odd as once i get inside, it works

    really? i wonder if the accelerometer cant handle that low of a temp or something
     
  5. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    That's weird. It's been in the 30-40's here, and mine has been working okay. I'll have to check it out next time I go outside.
     
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    Yeah, it's only about 55 here but it's still having problems.
     
  7. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    I shoved mine outside for a while (i.e. since my last post) and mine is working. It's 34 here. Maybe it'd have to be out for longer, though?
     
  8. baseball-kid8 macrumors member

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    i'll try it at the bus stop tomorrow morning. Only supposed to be around 25. I'll make another post if the accelerometer wont work.
     
  9. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    ive noticed it while being outside for a while (enough to get the device cold?) and then trying to use it. however, less than a min about being inside again, it works

    i seriously thought it was broken as it was aggravating with it not switiching. i was even jerking to the positions thinking it was just stuck or what not but to no avail
     
  10. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    Hmm... well, it's supposed to be in the 20-30's tomorrow morning, so I'll give an update on mine then. Until then, stay warm. :p
     
  11. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    haha thanks and i appreciate you trying it out:). you too baseball-kid8
     
  12. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I wonder if it has to do with a combination of temp and humidity. It's really dry in Colorado.

    By the way, it was in the 80's in the Springs today. Doesn't much feel like fall.
     
  13. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    no kidding, it really hasnt been cold yet here. in fact it has been consistantly nice out. very odd this year
     
  14. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    No problem. :)

    Could be that combo. The humidity here has been in the 50-60 percent range. Don't have any other "data" to compare it to though.
     
  15. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    It's 19F outside right now and I just put the iPhone into my window.

    Will update in 10 minutes. :D
     
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    where is the app located ive checked itunes?cant find it
    ron in denver
     
  17. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    20 Minutes in 19F weather - and my accelerometer works just fine. Then again, I have an iPhone.
     
  18. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    :confused: What app?

    Hmm... I was also checking my iPhone, and mine worked okay.
     
  19. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    we are talking about how the phone switches to say coverflow and non coverflow when listening to music depending on how you hold it. from what ive experienced in cold, it will be stuck in one way when i switch it. aka will be in coverflow mode when im holding it upright
     
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    soooo how does the accelermeter work? a lil ball in the thing? which is why it freezes? well im not sure, cant help you guys here lol its only 80 to 90 over here
     
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  23. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    If the accelerometer in the iPhone / Touch is anything like the accelerometer from my old PS3 controller - it's a bunch of super tiny metal bars and wires (and I "think" a magnetic base) - they look like they are designed to "flex" under forces in a certain axis. (causing a voltage to go across one of the little coils adjacent to the bar)

    In short - no, it does not look like it would be affected by temperatures that humans can exist in. In EXTREME temps (greater than -20F) I'd sway that thought.
     
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    Where Is This App Located? On The 1 Gen Itouch....i'm Dumb Not Stupid....remember
     
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