MacBook Pro ... Tap the screen instead of Command+Tab???

g0gie

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I think its very possible to write a small app that uses the motion sensor to capture the hiting of the computer. There are many apps that capture the direction the laptop is going in. The only problem i think would be to make it so that it goes one way (the way intended) and doesnt capture and vibration of the laptop moving back the other way (newtons laws ect)
 

matticus008

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g0gie said:
I think its very possible to write a small app that uses the motion sensor to capture the hiting of the computer.
Yes, but not the location of the impact, especially on the screen. It's possible to note the direction of the entire computer, but a tap on the screen would a) barely register in SMS and b) not provide any information about where on the screen the impact occurred.
 

freeny

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This video needs to thrown into a bin with all the other "iPod Video" clips:rolleyes:
It is very likely this is a video playing full screen and has rehersed hand movements. Dont believe everything you see on the web...
 

g0gie

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matticus008 said:
Yes, but not the location of the impact, especially on the screen. It's possible to note the direction of the entire computer, but a tap on the screen would a) barely register in SMS and b) not provide any information about where on the screen the impact occurred.

silly matticus, learn hwo the motion sensor works first :p
 

Slilock

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I love the new feature. I thought I was going to wear out the control key on my old Powerbook since I always used it to right click.
 

Makosuke

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Ooh, this is so cool it's not even funny. With the little tray I use my MPB on it's frankly useless because it's not stable enough, but it's still awesome and a half, and so worth using to show off to other people.

By the way, if you read way down the list of comments on the post referenced above, you'll find that the guy finally got permission to build the motion tracker into a proper installer, which works fine on my MBP anyway. Look for SmackBook 0.2a.

I'm surprised at the people who doubted this; I wasn't 100% sure that the particular video was of a working app until I saw the post above, but anybody who's used a multi-desktop app and any of the various SMS toys that have been around since it was first included in the PowerBook knows that stuff like this is entirely feasable.

I'm waiting for that "marble madness" project that uses the motion sensor to get functional on the MBPs--that will be awesome.
 

matticus008

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g0gie said:
silly matticus, learn hwo the motion sensor works first :p
It's an accelerometer. If I knock on the wrist rest area or tap on the screen, it's not going to register enough to indicate movement (if it did, any SMS-based apps would be incredibly over-sensitive). If you're hitting it hard enough to move the computer so that the SMS registers, you're hitting it too hard.

If you write an AppleScript to respond to tipping the computer instead of hitting it, then this might be useful. The banging, however, is not.
 

someguy

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Kingsly said:
see post #13 ;)
I've done it as well, on my PowerBook G4. It's not as cool as it looks because it's not sensitive enough, and if you change the sensitivity in the program, then it goes off on it's own now and again when you don't want it to. Cool for about 5 minutes, but if I want to impress PC users, I stick with Dashboard, Spotlight, Expose, the Genie Effect, and almost every other aspect of Tiger. :D
 

Mal

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Yeah, works great on my MacBook, except sometimes it mixes up the direction, so predicting which desktop it's gonna switch to is harder than his video made it seem. I don't use it regularly since I'm not used to the Virtual Desktops concept, but it's fun to show people.

jW
 

exeterbohemian

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i just went through and configured my powerbook to be able to do this. kinda cool, i guess. but for some reason it always wants to shift right, meaning no matter where i hit it, it cycles through the desktops in the same order. :rolleyes:
 
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