At 1:04 AM -0500 12/19/08, John Shutt wrote:
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; reply-type=original Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit John,The iPhone (and iPod Touch) can be held vertically or horizontally, and has a tilt sensor built in so it can detect which way it's being held. It will then reorient the screen display accordingly.See attached photo.
Thanks John! ;-)It's more than a tilt sensor. It is an accelerometer that knows the exact orientation of the phone in 3D space - this is similar to the Wii Controller system.
I just got a great application called iHandy Carpenter. It turns the phone into a carpenters assistant (see attached photo):
A plumb bob A surface level A Bubble level that can be used to measure the angle of an inclined surface A Protractor And a scaleA great example of the kind of applications that are being developed for the iPhone. The accelerometer is also a major reason that the iPhone and iPod Touch are becomming the hot new mobile game platform.