The fifth part of our Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ video series is now available. In it, I’ll provide an overview of device motion and walk through a few ways we can take advantage of this set of capabilities in the desktop apps we create.
Device motion is made possible by a combination of always-on sensors (typically an accelerometer, a magnetometer, and a gyroscope) that tell us how a computer is moving through the space around it. The ability of these sensors to provide precise information about the movement of a device opens up new design possibilities for applications. From adjusting the user interface based on orientation changes to using three dimensional motion as input, to combining device motion with location detection, video cameras, and light sensor capabilities, there's no shortage of interesting interface designs made possible by Device Motion:
Device Motion Resources
In the video I mention a number of resources that are listed below for quick access.
- Detecting Slate/Clamshell Mode & Screen Orientation in Convertible PC by Intel
- Programming Considerations for Sensors on Ultrabook Convertibles by Intel
- How does Bump work? by David Lieb
- Supporting sensors in Windows* 8 by Microsoft
- Developing for Ultrabook™ by Intel
About the Series
The Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ video series introduces new ways of thinking about the design and development of desktop applications and offers practical design advice to help developers take advantage of new opportunities in Intel's Ultrabook devices.
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 1): Touch Interfaces
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 2): Touch Targets
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 3): Touch Gestures
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 4): Location Detection
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 5): Device Motion
About Your Host
Luke Wroblewski is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed or contributed to software used by more than 700 million people worldwide. He was co-founder and CPO of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011), chief design architect at Yahoo! Inc., and is the author of three popular Web design books including his most recent: Mobile First. Luke is a contracted vendor with Intel; opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent Intel's position on any issue.