Hidden Gyroscope Support Found in Mobile Safari

While creating their latest app, Occipital stumbled onto a hidden gem in Mobile Safari: gyroscope support. The iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G running 4.2+ can both take advantage of this secret feature, which allows users to move their body to turn the content in the browser.

Occipital’s 360 Panorama application can be used to photograph and upload a 360 degree scene and share it with others, who can use their device’s built in gyroscope to pan around the photo from within Mobile Safari. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any other service that takes advantage of this feature, so Occipital has put together a demo for users to test it out.

Some details:

  • Live now for every panorama uploaded so far
  • Requires iOS 4.2+
  • Allows you to physically spin around as if you were actually at the scene of the panorama.
  • Doesn’t currently auto-align with compass North, but you can use touch controls to orient with north

Developers will probably use this newfound technology to create some very interesting websites.

[Occipital via The Next Web]

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