Bump your PowerBook to skip to the next song

Yeah, that’s right: move your laptop and it will feel it.

PowerBooks (and some ThinkPads too, apparently) have a sudden motion sensor that is used to protect the hard drive in case of violent movement such as dropping the computer. This sensor returns accurate data to the OS and creative hackers have already written some programs that make use of this function. Bumptunes is a Python script that enables you to control iTunes by literally bumping the laptop. Bubblegym is a tilt-sensitive game.

If you still don’t know what to give me for my birthday next week, here is a hint: I don’t have a PowerBook… ;-)

(From Wired story Wired News: Hackers Tilt PowerBook for Tricks.)