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.
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.
The iOS 7.0.3 update is here, and it looks like the sensor malfunctions that have been plaguing iOS since its Sept. 2013 introduction are gone. The accelerometer, which had been reading 2 to 3 degrees off center, is now within normal parameters. This and other changes to Apple device behavior linked to the OS were detected yesterday by VentureBeat.
Researchers at the Stanford Security Laboratory have discovered a series of security vulnerabilities in the sensor arrays endemic to most smartphones. They found that accelerometers, speakers and microphones can all be uniquely identified with specific devices, functioning the same way cookies do except they cannot currently be turned off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HP Labs does some incredible research and development work now and then, and this time, they haven’t disappointed at all. They’ve managed to create an inertial accelerometer so sensitive that that it is approximately 1,000 times more sensitive than “today’s mass-produced devices”.
Analog Devices has worked together with leading bike-maker Cannondale to integrate an iMEMS accelerometer into Cannondale’s revolutionary Simon electronic front-suspension system. The programmable suspension system uses an ADI single-axis iMEMS accelerometer to monitor the terrain at 2-ms intervals, and this data is processed by the Simon system to access more than 10,000 terrain-response maps to provide optimal bicycle suspension control. Dissimilar from previous mountain bike front suspension technologies, which relied on mechanical devices with slower response times, the Simon front suspension system incorporates ADI’s accelerometers for real-time response, which allows riders to instantly adapt to dynamically shifting trail conditions.