Video: Shake to wake! Shake to unlock the N900's screen!

| March 4, 2010 | 4 Replies

Here’s a neat way of unlocking the N900 without using the unlock switch/opening the slide/using slide to unlock.

Using the N900’s accelerometer, just shake and you’ll unlock the screen.

The brilliance with it is that it will not work if the proximity sensor is covered, meaning that your N900 will not randomly unlock if in your pocket/bag and it’s receiving some shakes.

This is a highly practical and innovative solution to the touch-screen-unlock by gesture (which as you may know is just one of 20 things Apple is suing HTC for – of which the whole law suit also kinda targets all other Android handsets and basically all touch smartphones…anyway). I wouldn’t want to see it replacing unlock switch/slide to unlock – but an added versatility of ways to unlock.


Perhaps if Apple get their way and ban gesture based unlock, the future of unlocking might be drawing gestures in the air and the accelerometers will detect the motion? (With super sensitive sensors, that may be just subtle flicks instead of weird crazy air-strip guy waving)

It’s written on Python, the script is available here. The author writes that a deb-file is in the works as the script is very battery hungry.

Via Niklaksen blogi


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Category: Maemo, Nokia, Nseries, Video

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