Some ideas for the accelerometer
thomas at gstaedtner.net
Mon Oct 15 11:20:17 CEST 2007
I like the idea - especially because I always have full pockets and it takes
hours to fish the phone out ;)
Imho it should be possible to implement, a knock should give a peak you
can't reach while walking and even if it happens, it shouldn't be that
2007/10/14, Ortwin Regel <ortwin at gmail.com>:
> This doesn't work well because the screen moves with the phone. So if you
> want to scroll right fast, you'll have trouble to see what's going on on the
> screen. Scrolling should rather be done on the touchscreen because that
> works really well. However, dragging the map/website as if it was physical
> is too slow in most cases. Increasing scrolling velocity by the distance
> from the initial touchpoint would probably be a good idea but adjustable
> scrolling speed would be great already. Instead of scrolling one screen far
> when I move my finger once across the screen, I want to scroll four screens
> so that I get where I want quicker. Someone else might only want to scroll
> one screen.
> Kinetic scrolling can extend this and look/feel awesome but also be very
> annoying so it should probably be optional.
> Now what do we do with the accelerometer? I like the zooming idea. It
> shouldn't require a hardware button press because those are kind of hard to
> press. Touching the screen should be enough and it would mean that you can
> zoom and scroll at the same time and pretty intuitively.
> About the initial idea: Judging from my DS accelerometer (which is
> different hardware but should be relatively similar), the sampling frequency
> will probably be pretty high. I still doubt that you can reliably
> differentiate between walking and hitting the phone. However, it might be
> possible to shake it two or three times with a frequency faster than any
> form of running and it should be possible to detect this. This probably
> won't help you if the phone is hidden in a huge backpack.
> It's also important to remember that the motion of picking up your phone
> should not lead to denial of the call... ;)
> On 10/12/07, David Pottage <david at electric-spoon.com> wrote:
> > On Friday 12 October 2007, Oliver wrote:
> > > I've had similar ideas, but haven't posted them yet. Here's one:
> > >
> > > Imagine you're surfing the internet, or checking a map, or something
> > like
> > > that. We don't have a multi-touch screen, so we can't zoom out with
> > our
> > > fingers like iPhone users. Zooming out, though, is something we really
> > > should be able to do. So just hold a hardware button and bring the
> > phone
> > > closer to your face!
> > >
> > > The site/image should be shrunk in such a way that you'll think it is
> > > stationary "behind" the phone, and the phone screen is a window
> > through
> > > which you can view this image/site! When you've spotted something you
> > want
> > > to focus on, somewhere else on the page, don't scroll, just keep
> > holding
> > > the button bringing the phone/window down to that place. If you stop
> > > holding the button, the image can either stay where it is, or go to
> > it's
> > > original zoom-level.
> > >
> > > Just imagine, if you think of the screen as a window, what incredibly
> > fun
> > > games you could develop for the phone!
> > I think a better idea would be to think of the screen as a mirror that
> > you are
> > using to view a much larger page behind you. That way you can
> > intuitively
> > scroll both vertically and horizontally a large page or map by tilting
> > the
> > screen, and without using the touchscreen. (Which can be reserved for
> > other
> > functions).
> > A lot of UI ideas here are coppied from other touch screen devices.
> > That's
> > fine where appropriate, but the Neo 1973 is the only phone with built in
> > accelerometers, and I think we should make use of them where we can. We
> > should not just copy the iPhone or whatever, that only uses it's
> > accelerometer as a tilt sensor to make the display image the right way
> > up.
> > --
> > David Pottage
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