SmackBook Pro App (Motion Sensor)

iKarl

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Just saw this posted on Gizmodo earlier today. Pretty cool video link to YouTube.

Just wouldn't want to smack it too hard I guess. Nonetheless, interesting.

Gizmodo Link
 

fuzzn

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WOW... that's so awesome
It's just amazing what you can do with computers these days... one step closer to getting my MacBook! :D
 

clayj

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<sigh>

This looks so fake... looks like someone off-camera is controlling the computer with a BT keyboard.

I'll believe this is real as soon as I can download an application that makes it work on my machine.
 

iKarl

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clayj said:
<sigh>

This looks so fake... looks like someone off-camera is controlling the computer with a BT keyboard.

I'll believe this is real as soon as I can download an application that makes it work on my machine.
Even if, is there a way to get OSX to move program windows sideways like that? Or a third party program to download that allows you to do that with a keyboard stroke?

Just sayin', cuz I've never seen it.

Here's the Medallia Blog site with info on how to do it
 

PatrickF

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iKarl said:
Even if, is there a way to get OSX to move program windows sideways like that? Or a third party program to download that allows you to do that with a keyboard stroke?
Sure, there's plenty of virtual desktop managers. Quite a famous one that I used to use for ages is Desktop Manager, but that's not being maintained anymore.

I've recently switched to Virtue http://virtuedesktops.info/.
 

Sogo

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PatrickF said:
Sure, there's plenty of virtual desktop managers. Quite a famous one that I used to use for ages is Desktop Manager, but that's not being maintained anymore.

I've recently switched to Virtue http://virtuedesktops.info/.
I do believe virtue desktop is actually desktop manager, but with a new programmer. Just wanted to throw that out there... :)
 

PatrickF

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Sogo said:
I do believe virtue desktop is actually desktop manager, but with a new programmer. Just wanted to throw that out there... :)
Yes kind of. It was based on Desktop Manager a while back but the developer gave up on Virtue. Recently another developer picked up development of Virtue and has taken over the project.
 

adk

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clayj said:
<sigh>

This looks so fake... looks like someone off-camera is controlling the computer with a BT keyboard.

I'll believe this is real as soon as I can download an application that makes it work on my machine.
It's not even that complex of a hoax, watch the guy's other hand while he whacks the display. The other hand is always right over one of the infinite loop keys (or something around there). It looks to me like he's just hitting that button and smacking his laptop as a decoy trick. I used to do this with an emac, making people think I was opening the CD drive by pushing both speaker grilles, even though I was actually using the heel of my hand to hit the eject button on the keyboard.
 

rye9

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I tried following cNet's method to do this.. and i got htis message at the end.

syntax error at smack.pl line 14, near "if"
Global symbol "$x" requires explicit package name at smack.pl line 14.
syntax error at smack.pl line 23, near "}"
Execution of smack.pl aborted due to compilation errors.
ryan-mckays-ibook-g4:~/Desktop/smackbook Ryan$

What happened?
 

rye9

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rye9 said:
I tried following cNet's method to do this.. and i got htis message at the end.

syntax error at smack.pl line 14, near "if"
Global symbol "$x" requires explicit package name at smack.pl line 14.
syntax error at smack.pl line 23, near "}"
Execution of smack.pl aborted due to compilation errors.
ryan-mckays-ibook-g4:~/Desktop/smackbook Ryan$

What happened?
never mind i fixed it.. sorry :eek:

But I do have a question, for this "hack" to stay in effect, what do I need to do? What do I have to keep?
 

Coheebuzz

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Oct 10, 2005
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I got it to work with Expose and it looks great, but many times it doesn't distinguish the hit from the left or right area. And i don't feel well smacking my MBP.

But it certainly beats hot-corners in the geek-ness factor. :)
 

drumpat01

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Jul 31, 2004
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this is not a fake i got it to work with my 12" iBook. Im lucky enough to have bought the very last model of iBook which was given the motion sensor. It works but it is very very sensitive and no matter what number I change it never gets any less sensitive. But its still fun to show off to all those PC users.
 

billchase2

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what i like to do with it on my powerbook is to load virtual pc fullscreen in one of the desktops, then have regular OS X in the others. then, i can smack my computer and switch between XP and OS X. that REALLY gets windows users to freak out. :p
 

FragTek

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May 29, 2006
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billchase2 said:
what i like to do with it on my powerbook is to load virtual pc fullscreen in one of the desktops, then have regular OS X in the others. then, i can smack my computer and switch between XP and OS X. that REALLY gets windows users to freak out. :p
I should do that with parallels :D