Monday, March 21, 2011

Seismac - Turn your MacBook into a seismograph

SeisMac accesses your laptop's Sudden Motion Sensor in order to display real-time, three-axis acceleration graphs.

The resizable, real-time scrolling display shows an enormous amount of acceleration information. Place your laptop on a table and see the seismic waves from tapping your toe on the floor. Lay your laptop on your chest and see your heartbeat. And of course, if there is a real earthquake, SeisMac will be displaying full seismic information while you drop, cover and hold-on.

It's freeware and based on the open source library SMSLib.

63 comments:

Marlene said...

Rats...I don't have a macbook!

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Christophe said...

Okay that! That is totally cool!

Major.Mack said...

awesome. so i can say aweee shittt! when it goes down

ed said...

not sure i need that but looks really cool

CandleintheDark said...

I can't possibly imagine a use for this other than seismologists, but pretty cool nonetheless

Rabidmoose said...

That looks awesome, had no idea something like that existed.

Kingmush said...

Pretty interesting actually. Useful? eh...not really.

dgrphx said...

thats really creepy when you think about it

Jay.CA said...

very timely...

skinned sheep said...

thats awesome actually! thanks!

Venus said...

really awesome.

Josh said...

What a cool use mac's internal devices.

las3R said...

Cool stuff like this.. makes me wanna get a mac d;

Electric Addict said...

no clue this existed in macbooks

The Angry Lurker said...

Definitely interesting.

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Can't imagine why I'd ever need this, but thanks anyway :P

Spike said...

lol, really? sweet

TreeBranchez said...

Would you really want to stare at that all day though? :L

Patti D. said...

no way, it really works? awesome idea.

Daily01 said...

hahaha, they could have measured the earthquake in japan:(

Coco said...

wow!, that's really cool... nice post!

Something Concupiscible said...

May not be entirely useful to me, but it sounds really cool.

Gavin_Howard said...

For something like that to be on a mac, pretty impressive!

Alphabeta said...

That is nifty. If only I had a 'pro'.

Meghan Moran said...

That's a neat little app.

John A.S. said...

installing!! funny app man

Polybius said...

Never knew Macs had such a sensor. What's it's primary purpose?

mac-and-me said...

@Polybius
its used to park the hdd heads on sudden movements to prevent disk damage

Football Maniac said...

Fun stuff, though not that practical right?

Merlyy said...

Hm not very useful ^^

hoaks2 said...

That is totally neat! Followed.

elexerdelex said...

how small of vibrations can it detect? can you actually measure earthquakes? (well the one in japan was hard not to measure, but I mean like small earthquakes...)

Robert Fünf said...

That's actually pretty cool.

Zippy said...

I like that.

obi said...

@mac-and-me like the the old IBM thinkpad feature?..

Lenny said...

like it!

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DisposedCheese said...

Now you can really know when your in an earthquake.

Hot New Music Today said...

That kind of stuff blows my mind. Crazy.

amBored said...

wow for real? this is amazing then

Malkavian said...

Wow, im really impressed of all the cool apps that are out right now, this seems totally awesome.

Mostly Irrelephant said...

hmm, I used a Mac fro two years now and I didn't know it had this kind of sensors built in. The iPhones, sure but the MacBook? No idea.

Thatoneguy said...

Might try this. Not sure yet.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

This is an app that could literally save lives in some parts of the world!

Toto said...

noice!

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Lhosreiff said...

If ever there happens to be a earthquake in the mountians, I know I'll be covered.

Tyrone said...

Mac does everything. Dammit.

PvtCarlin said...

If this weren't useful, I'd give it a seismic toss from MACHAMP!

MxC said...

wow, awesome! mac is the best!

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notforeverybody said...

pretty cool :)

Big Unicorn said...

Pretty damn cool.

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Teutorix said...

Could come in handy!

Moob said...

sweet app

MAX POWER said...

weird. if i had that id put it on my table and keep hitting it, seeing how powerful my fists were

Charles said...

nifty!

Shutterbug said...

I don't think i would have a need for this...

G said...

nice little App!

Bubi said...

cool & amusing

Geello said...

Could be useful... oh wait not really :)

Toast Burnt said...

I would definitely use this app if I ever wanted to throw my money in the wind and pay mostly for looks in a device that is constantly succeeded by newer and non-upgradable counterparts. ;)

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Frosty said...

That is pretty cool, but is it sensitive enough to actually detect smaller ones?

GFTM said...

whaaa, kinda wish i had a mac now LOL

junior said...

This is so cool!

paidvacation1605 said...

if you live in California this would come in handy