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Using your phone to wake up rested in the morning

Using your phone to wake up rested in the morning

There’s an app by the name of "Sleep Cycle" that takes the prospect of waking up every morning completely refreshed and aims to make it a reality. All you need is a smartphone with an accelerometer to make it work - and you need the app too, of course, which will cost you a couple of bucks. We’re here to tell you that it’s worth the cash - based on our first few tries with the setup, that is to say.

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RoomScan pings real space with iPhone

RoomScan pings real space with iPhone

If you've ever been in a situation where you needed to draw up a floor plan or recreate a room's dimensions, then you'll appreciate what RoomScan can do for you. This deceptively simple iOS app can do all that for you and all you need to do is tap on the walls.

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Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

TapTap is a wristband that pairs with another TapTap wristband to bring you and a loved one closer together. You tap-tap your TapTap, and your special friend feels a gentle vibration in the paired wristband, wherever in the world the two of you may be. But that's just the Kickstarter bait. The real potential of TapTap lies in its accelerometer and gyroscope in combination with the API. Listen up, developers.

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iPhone detects earthquakes: seismologists envision universal detection grid

iPhone detects earthquakes: seismologists envision universal detection grid

Italian seismologists Antonino D'Alessandro and Giuseppe D'Anna of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology at Pisa have pinpointed the accuracy of the iPhone accelerometer--the miniscule chip that detects motion, relays the data to the phone's firmware, and ultimately governs the orientation of the phone's display--to detect moderate to strong earthquakes when near the quake's epicenter.

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MOPHO DJ uses iPhone for digital scratching [Video]

MOPHO DJ uses iPhone for digital scratching [Video]

The humble accelerometer shows its worth again, with Stanford University computer music student Nicholas J. Bryan turning an iPhone into a DJ tool that allows analog turntables to control digital music. MOPHO DJ uses the iPhone's accelerometer to track its position on the turntable, picking up a DJ's scratches and transmitting that wirelessly to a nearby computer which processes MP3s in real-time.

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Jawbone ERA Review

Jawbone ERA Review

Jawbone's newest Jawbone Bluetooth headset has arrived, the Jawbone ERA, evolving the discrete styling of the ICON and taking its place at the top of the company's range. There's more than just good looks promised, though; Jawbone has also slotted in a bigger speaker for HD Audio, together with an accelerometer for more intuitive control. Is it enough to warrant the $129.99 price tag? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Mobile Safari gets orientation API in iOS 4.2 for tilt-sensitive sites

Mobile Safari gets orientation API in iOS 4.2 for tilt-sensitive sites

Apple has opened up accelerometer and gyroscope access to mobile Safari web developers in iOS 4.2, meaning iPhone, iPod touch and iPad sites can potentially be controlled by those motion sensors. Developer Maximiliano Firtman spotted the update, which appears to be based on the W3C draft for the DeviceOrientation API; he's also thrown together a quick rolling-ball demo, which you can see after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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