Fly a plane, just by tilting your ultrabook

Today, Intel announced a lot of content, but something they breezed over was the new gyroscope features in their ultrabook range. They today showed off a device running Google Earth in "fly" mode, where you could control the device in a new way.

In our demonstration below, the plane in the video is controlled by just tilting the device in the direction you wish to send it in. It's all been seen on phones before, but it's interesting that the company is trying to push the technology in this form factor.

Will it take off? We'll have to wait and see. There aren't many applications that come to mind for this, but hey, if you want to fly around a plane by tilting your laptop, you now can.

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eh, I'd rather have more realistic controls then a novalty... but thats just me... to me flight sims should have yoaks and joysticks not tilt your monitor to change pitch and yaw...

I don't know about everybody, but personally I would save that for tablets and smartphones. It would just feel weird too do that to a two piece device.

UndergroundWire said,
I don't know about everybody, but personally I would save that for tablets and smartphones. It would just feel weird too do that to a two piece device.

That laptop is a tablet, the screen folds down over the keyboard

andrewbares said,

That laptop is a tablet, the screen folds down over the keyboard

Yeah I think you are misunderstanding me. Let me be clear. Look at the video. You see it's a laptop. It's two pieces in the sense you have the keyboard and the second piece is the monitor but they can't detach. It just makes sense if it was detachable like this: http://www.neowin.net/news/int...assis-makes-us-fall-in-love where you would only tilt the monitor. The video just looks awkward.

Edit: Just noticed your comment further down. If what you are saying is true, they should have demoed it that way. You do agree that the way he is doing it on the demo looks awkward and what you and I are saying seems more practical?

MacBook Pro's already have this and have since at least 2009, you can get novelty apps (MacSabre) for example to 'showcase' it

chrispinto said,
MacBook Pro's already have this and have since at least 2009, you can get novelty apps (MacSabre) for example to 'showcase' it
Yea but, macbook Pros weight 5lbs, while many Ultrabook will only weight 2lbs.

chrispinto said,
MacBook Pro's already have this and have since at least 2009, you can get novelty apps (MacSabre) for example to 'showcase' it

Actually, my Powerbook from 2005 had that, but it's pretty useless doing things like this on a 5 pound toohotforyourlaptop.

What Neowin failed to mention is that that laptop's screen folds down to become a tablet. That's likely why they put the accelerometer in

Also accelerometer is good to detect falling, and lock the hard disk (for mechanical drives - as apple does).

FMH said,
I don't think this feature is for playing games. It is for wrist exercises.

By the video demoed, Yes I agree with you. But if andrewbares is correct in what he is saying then it is for games. Either I liked your comment, lol.

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