accelerometer

  • Overclocked smartwatch sensor uses vibrations to sense gestures, objects and locations

    Overclocked smartwatch sensor uses vibrations to sense gestures, objects and locations

    Just from patterns of motion, your smart devices know when you’re walking, when you’re riding a bike and when you lift your wrist to check the time. But it turns out they can also tell when you snap or make a fist, or whether you’re holding a smartphone or steering wheel. All they have to do is listen a little harder — well, about 100 times harder, actually. Read More

  • Nintendo doesn't need to cut the price of the Wii, but let's speculate anyway

    Let’s speculate! Several manufacturers have approached Nintendo about producing the Wii’s accelerometer, presumably for less money than current suppliers do. So, a cheaper accelerometer means a cheaper Wii, right? We need to face the facts that Nintendo is currently selling as many Wiis as it can ship. (It sold 800,000 Thanksgiving week alone, as Sony and Microsoft fought for… Read More

  • iPhone vs. Wiimote vs. Baby: Who Will Reign Supreme?

    Kottke has an excellent comparison on who/what has the most sensitive built-in accelerometer. The contenders are the Apple iPhone, Nintendo Wiimote and Kottke’s newborn son, Ollie. Awww. Cute. Barf. If you’ve manhandled the iPhone then you know the accelerometer needs to be coddled or you’ll be stuck in portrait hell or vice versa for at least 5 seconds. Am I wrong? You… Read More