idea for Neo 2nd generation: Accelerometer

Tim Newsom cephdon at
Wed Jan 24 17:04:03 CET 2007

For GeoPointing to work right, you would also need an electronic compass 
module in the phone.... Right?  Cause accelerometers don't  know which 
direction your pointing and gps isn't probably accurate enough to derive 
what you pointed at when you moved it maybe 2 or 3 feet during the 

With the compass module you would have
Gps location + orientation + direction means "what is that building?"  
Then depending on the orientation you could have the phone limit 
distance.. Say face up is 100 feet.  Face left is in 500 feet.  Face 
down is 1 mile... Etc.  Then have it return the name of the first known 
object that is on the ray extending from your location in that direction 
with in the defined distance.


> Now, pair the accelerometer w/ GPS and you have GeoPointing. "What is
> that building over *there*?" Sure people do that already
> (, but not on O/S platforms. ;)


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