GSoC 2008

ewanm89 ewanm89 at
Tue Mar 25 08:08:20 CET 2008

On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 19:02:34 +0100
Niluge KiWi <kiwiiii at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm a student in the french engineer school ENSIMAG, and I would like
> to work for OpenMoko during the Google Summer of Code.
> I'm interested in the accelerometers features [1]: Recognising
> gestures is a really important part of the interface between the user
> and the phone.
> With the two accelerometers in the FreeRunner, I think we can
> recognise lots of gestures, not only simple ones like a
> "click" (which is already recognised by the accelerometers used in
> the FreeRunner). The main difficulty is probably to extract the
> useful data from the gestures noise : calibration may take time. The
> goal is to have an almost pre-calibrated library (an idea from the
> wish-list in the Wiki is to allow the user to record its own
> gestures, but I think it's not easy to do it simple for the end-user).
> The accelerometers could provide not only small gestures recognition
> (like the ones listed on the Wiki: up-side-down, shaking,
> flipping, ...), but full 3D-space positioning from a start position
> (when the software is started).
> Then we can imagine lots of uses of the library : improvements in the
> control of the phone, programs specially created to use such
> control(little games for examples).
> The accelerometers gestures could be combined with the touchscreen
> for a better use.
> For example, the gesture navigation can be activated only when
> pressing the screen:
> if we are viewing a large picture, zoomed in, we could move through it
> by moving the phone, but we don't want it moves all the time.
> Other examples given on the Wiki [2] could be implemented by using the
> library.
> I looked at the driver for the accelerometers, and it seems it's not
> yet working. I don't think I'm able to work on the driver, so I hope
> it will work this summer.

Who would need multitouch when we have this? Sounds great to me.

Ewan Marshall (ewanm89/Cap_J_L_Picard on irc)
Geek by nature, Linux by choice.
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