Accelerometer Features on the Touch Diamond


We’ve seen accelerometer features implemented before on Windows Mobile devices such as VueFLO in the HTC Advantage, and even the old Tilt Control add on for the old iPAQ Pocket PCs years ago. Generally the accelerometer implementations haven’t been anything that spectacular or user-friendly. The Touch Diamond is about to change that.

The “Teeter” game that the Touch Diamond includes, is extremely cool. Basically you tilt the phone and the little ball on the screen rolls down the hill as if it was really responding to gravity. What’s more is that when the ball hits the walls of the maze, you can actually feel a slight vibration in your fingers as if the ball has mass and is transferring force through the on-screen walls to your hands. Very impressive!

The accelerometer is also used in the Opera web browser and the Photo Album to re-orient photos and web pages so that the bottom is always pointing towards the source of gravity.

Hopefully there’s an API for accelerometer usage somewhere in there so that other third party developers can make use of it.

Want more Diamond? Check out our complete coverage…

HTC Touch Diamond Review

Opera 9.5 & YouTube on the Touch Diamond

Some Sweet Secret Touch Diamond Features

The Touch Diamond’s Boot Up Video

Touch FLO 3D’s Slight Redesign

Touch Diamond’s TouchFLO 3D Usability

Device Mapping Remote Desktop on the Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond in The House

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!