The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
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Things to Do with a Smartphone Camera

Back at the PalmSource DevCon in May, I made a joke to several people that I'd love to see a PalmHack entry that used a Treo as a wireless mouse, connecting over Bluetooth to a PC and using the digital camera to detect movement of the phone across a surface. The idea was silly; it might technically work, but who would want to scratch up their phone rubbing it across a table.

Today, I see this article about a new Symbian smartphone application called "Mobile Mouse". It does exactly what I suggested someone do for a hack. However, their camera mode is smarter than my idea -- the movement is done by rotating your view around, so you can hold your phone in your hand and tilt or rotate it to move the cursor.

I'm amazed. While I doubt that my suggestion was the root cause for this program, it makes me wonder what would happen if I suggested that someone write a program to bring about world peace. Unfortunately, I don't have an actual technical suggestion on that one.
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