Video demo: Openmoko Neo Freerunner Features Accelerometer-based Gestures, and Screen Orientation

Steve Mosher steve at
Wed Aug 20 13:43:45 CEST 2008

X gesture would be cool.

Stroller wrote:
> Great! Thanks for the info. This seems to give applications devs lots  
> of potential.
> Any chance of you adding "shakes" to the gestures? This would be  
> ideal for the "ball bearings in a tin can" style of unread email  
> message-count.
> I was about to say "any chance of you adding shaking to the  
> gestures?" but after I waving my hand around like an idiot it seems  
> to me that one's  natural movement is not to shake with the  
> randomness I initially assumed. Instead, if I wanted to hear quantity  
> of messages in my inbox, I would instinctively shake quickly right- 
> and-returning-leftwards two to four times.
> This adds the opportunity to shake forward and back a couple of times  
> for number of SMS messages or for battery fullness (I like the  
> Glasgow Uni's idea of using a splashing sound for that).
> (Just read your subsequent posts - I'm glad to read that gestures can  
> easily be taught to the device. But you also ask for suggested  
> gestures, so I think these above would be useful. I envision them to  
> be made quite rapidly.)
> Stroller.
> On 11 Aug 2008, at 17:46, Paul-Valentin Borza wrote:
>> The fact that is currently undocumented is all my fault. Sorry for  
>> that - I'll catch up this weekend. Till then, I have to work on the  
>> release.
>> Yes, there are 2 daemons, one that processes the gestures and sends  
>> signals on dbus, and a listener daemon that listens for gestures  
>> and runs the actions for each gesture.
>>> I'm slightly disappointed that the "shaking inbox" wouldn't be  
>>> accommodated by the gestures you've made available.
>>> ...
>>> A casual search doesn't reveal how your work is supposed to  
>>> integrate on the device. Presumably it's a library or daemon which  
>>> is intended to fulfil all gesturing requests from all other apps?  
>>> Will it be easy to add new gestures?
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