Re: [DMCForum] Test email
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Re: [DMCForum] Test email

On 7/2/07, Jon Heese <dmcforum@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  It sounds like you're saying it just keeps the last known orientation.
>  If so, that's exactly why I think it's a flawed feature.  Good to
>  impress co-workers, but of limited use if you tend to hold your cell
>  phone flat when looking at it (as I do).

I'll bet you don't.

You may think you do, but that would be a very awkward position to
view a small LCD screen. If you really hold your phone flat, you must
also tilt your head at a 90 degree angle from your body to view the
screen. I doubt you do this.

Go play with an iPhone. I'm sure you will find this "concern" isn't
one at all. It will probably work intuitively and exactly as you

>  My idea of spinning it flat on a table was to get the accelerometers
>  that are designed to "feel" gravity to go wacky and freak out the
>  programming that determines which way gravity is pulling.  I suppose
>  that spinning it like that would fire the sensors for both the x- and
>  y-axes, and I suppose they would tell it to do nothing when that happens.

It may not be an accelerometer, but rather a simple pendulum with a
tiny weight on it. That would be the cheapest and least power intense
way of doing it. Why power an accelerometer if you only have to detect
which way is up?


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