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Mobile Safari and iPhone 4's Gyroscope Secretly Play Nice

Illustration for article titled Mobile Safari and iPhone 4s Gyroscope Secretly Play Nice

Occipital, purveyor of fine iPhone wares such as Redlaser and ClearCam, recently released a new iPhone app 360 Panorama. And in the process, they discovered you can navigate pages in Mobile Safari using the iPhone 4's gyroscope.

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Occipital goes as far to call this functionality augmented reality, but that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, they were nice enough to create an interactive demo for us all to use, showing off the functionality stowed away in the Mobile Safari (you need an iPhone 4 or a 4G iPod touch with iOS 4.2 installed). Basically, you can create an image using Occipital's 360 Panorama app, and then upload the photo to their site. When you load the page in Mobile Safari, the browser will auto-detect the gyroscope and pan through the image as you turn your phone/body.

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A modest demo to be sure, but it will be interesting to see how developers use it in the future with websites and web apps. [Occipital via The Next Web via Boy Genius]

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Correct me if I am wrong - but wasn't this one of the launch features of the G1 back in 2008? I remember browsing around street view using this... Unless the "in browser" part is the new feature?