[help]Can max/msp read message from sudden motion sensor on macbook?

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:14am

[help]Can max/msp read message from sudden motion sensor on macbook?

Can max/msp read message from sudden motion sensor on macbook?

thx for any reply!

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:04am

Barry Threw has an external on his site: http://www.barrythrew.com/

Jan 23, 2012 at 5:41pm

it makes me sad that someone would use a computer in this manner. Especially when there are things like wiimotes.

Jan 23, 2012 at 6:02pm
Jan 23, 2012 at 8:03pm

Hmm, these responses remind me of a blog article i wrote two years ago.


(just saying)

Jan 23, 2012 at 8:49pm

There’s aka.bookmotion which worked pretty well when I tried it.


Jan 23, 2012 at 9:05pm

tep: for the win!
dhj: I hear you but… there are just better ways to do this. I am hoping we are engineers here, trying to find optimal solutions.

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:10pm

The point is that the original poster did not say WHY he wanted the information. So what exactly is it that there are better ways to do?

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:13pm

Um… its a motion sensor. Surely we are trying to sense motion?

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:22pm

Indeed — but he wants to sense motion of the laptop — I can think of lots of useful reasons why that might be very handy — don’t see how one can detect motion of a laptop using a wiimote!

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:24pm

Examples? Unless the laptop is an integral onstage part of the performance?

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:25pm

“I am hoping we are engineers here, trying to find optimal solutions” – where the hell did you get that idea?! this is the bloody max forum, not stackoverflow.com! the point is, we are not engineers!

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:31pm

Wow, pid, you seemed so levelheaded before…

I am aware that there are many creatives here. I admire them alot. I wish I were one of them. I’m not. Im a tech guy. I make stuff work so the creatives can get on with their creativing. Regardless, whether or not we are creatives unless or last name is Kardashian or Hilton we must deal with limited resources. Insofar as resources are limited IMHO it is a good idea to use them as wisely as possible. IMHO moving a notebook around at a high rate of speed is not a wise use of resources.

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:37pm

I am a tech guy too. And that is PRECISELY why I wrote that blog. People who are creative often have something in mind completely different than what others assume.

You and I don’t know precisely why the original author wants to detect motion of his sensor. Until we know WHY, I believe strongly that it is not our place to tell someone they shouldn’t do it!

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:04pm

Shouldn’t is strong. More like Why would you?

I think both you and I have the same goal – to see why this person would want to do this.

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:05pm

btw – scorcerer = one of the few valid excises I’ve seen to buy an ipad. Any thought to releasing it on other platforms? I’d love to use it with my kinect-to-midi app.

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:16pm

unless I’m mistaken, the motion sensor on a mac is just an accelerometer (as in the ipad, iphone etc)…

not such a dumb thing to utilise.

a few example apps here (and a rather interesting link towards the end of the article, on using the SMS as a HID)



and just remembered this article from CDM


Jan 23, 2012 at 10:17pm

I saw this being used in a pretty cool way. It was one of those laptop orchestras. I can’t remember which. They were using chuck so maybe Plork but a group of people sat on some comfortable cushions each with a networked laptop on their laps. They gently titled their laptops to modulate various parameters in realtime. The focus I think was that the computer itself could be a musical instrument not just something you connect a musical instrument/interface to. If you add in things like the fingerpinger and the camera I think they might be right. You might not need anything more than bluetooth, your laptop and a willingness to sound a bit rubbish until something comes of it.

Jan 23, 2012 at 10:24pm

gqizzle: see? an answer. Not bickering. See how awesome that was?

Jan 24, 2012 at 9:35am

oops, seems like my ‘humour’ is STILL not coming across on the forums. i must remember to just not do that. (i am 90% tech, too; although i wish i wasn’t).

Jan 24, 2012 at 1:38pm

Your humor came across fine to me!

Jan 24, 2012 at 1:45pm

wow… I am getting slow….

Jan 24, 2012 at 6:11pm

“there are many creatives here….I wish I were one of them. I’m not. Im a tech guy”

I don’t believe you mean this as it sounds. The reason most of us are here is because this technology allows the engineer to be more creative, and the artist to be more, erm, engineer-y


Jan 24, 2012 at 8:12pm

um… I think I do? I have some basic music theory, but my original training is in sound engineering. I transitioned to electronics once I figured out that that was where my real strength is. I’m always more interested in coming up with new ways to do things than coming up with new things to do. When I come up with a project my first thought is not “what will I do with it”, but “who will use it?”.

(wow that felt funny)

Jan 24, 2012 at 8:19pm

Reason I use MAX is that it “compiles” in real-time, so prototyping is exponentially faster than anything involving make>compile>debug. That and the visual paradigm/messages/etc/. If C++ were faster to work with I’d be over there.


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