This guy has hacked an Apple Powerbook to skip ahead songs by, yes, shaking his laptop… or rather, his friend’s laptop. He calls it “BumpTunes”.
It seems there’s a nifty thing in the new Powerbooks called an accelerometer. I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t the mechanic say I needed a new accelerometer when I got my tune-up last month? If he did, boy you got screwed.
A real accelerometer senses when your Powerbook picks up speed… primarily in the case of drop-age… and parks the drive heads to save your hard drive. That’s why astronauts can’t listen to iTunes during lift-off.
This guy has hacked it so that instead of parking the heads –hehehe- it can well, “You rock the machine backwards for the next track, and rock it forwards for the previous track.”
Awesome? Yes. Useful? Not really.
Someone Monkeyfilter responded to the idea, “When I used records, if I didn't like a "track" I would just smack the record player... it would jump to the next one...seriously...does someone really think that the best way to control iTunes on a Powerbook is to smack the thing????