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

January 23, 2012 | 9:14 am

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

thx for any reply!

January 23, 2012 | 10:04 am

Barry Threw has an external on his site:

January 23, 2012 | 5:41 pm

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

January 23, 2012 | 8:03 pm

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

(just saying)

January 23, 2012 | 8:49 pm

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

January 23, 2012 | 9:05 pm

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.

January 23, 2012 | 9:10 pm

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?

January 23, 2012 | 9:13 pm

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

January 23, 2012 | 9:22 pm

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!

January 23, 2012 | 9:24 pm

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

January 23, 2012 | 9:25 pm

"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! the point is, we are not engineers!

January 23, 2012 | 9:31 pm

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.

January 23, 2012 | 9:37 pm

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!

January 23, 2012 | 10:04 pm

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.

January 23, 2012 | 10:05 pm

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.

January 23, 2012 | 10:16 pm

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

January 23, 2012 | 10:17 pm

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.

January 23, 2012 | 10:24 pm

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

January 24, 2012 | 9:35 am

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).

January 24, 2012 | 1:38 pm

Your humor came across fine to me!

January 24, 2012 | 1:45 pm

wow… I am getting slow….

January 24, 2012 | 6:11 pm

"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


January 24, 2012 | 8:12 pm

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)

January 24, 2012 | 8:19 pm

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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