Lazyweb: accelerometers and MAME, if you please

I keep seeing novel ideas for using the accelerometer in laptops like this Google Maps one but I’m still surprised I haven’t seen anyone port games to talk to the device.

Seriously, if anyone knows the ins and outs of gaming applications like MAME, please make me a version that I can use to play Marble Madness on my macbook. I would kill for something fun like that, using a physical interface to interact with the game. I thought it would be a matter of days after the macbooks came out that someone would do it, but I haven’t seen a game yet that interacts with the accelerometer.

update: sweet, thanks to some comments, there’s an open source marble madness type app, in addition to the standard sensor app, making a tilt game possible. Here’s a video I just shot of it in action:

6 responses to “Lazyweb: accelerometers and MAME, if you please”

  1. Err, this has been around since the first SMS powerbooks came out. ams2hid lets you turn it into a human interface device like a mouse, gamepad, keyboard, or whatever.
    Neverball + ams2hid is exactly what you’re looking for, but you can use it for so much more.

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  2. Fred’s pretty much got it covered, but in the hopes of mentioning other neat functionality using the accelerometer, this Carpenter’s Level widget always makes people go “ooh” when I demo it.

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  3. Bubblegym, the tilt-controlled computer game for the Apple Powerbook has been around for a long time but doesn’t look like a universal binary
    http://www.balooba.se/baloobasoftware/index.html

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  4. Your video actually looks a lot more like Super Monkey Ball than Marble Madness. To me, at any rate.

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  5. I can’t play the game with the sensor. But still its a great game.

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  6. Very cool! I can imagine whole games played like that.. A snowboard going down a slope, or bobsleigh, or whatever.

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