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The gyroscope struck me as an odd add-on, but I suspect it could be quite useful for gaming.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 04:30:40 AM EST
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The 'gyroscope' + accelerometer gives you 6 axis info that will be useful for gaming. But it could also enable other interesting creative tools. For instance the combining of video with orientation information would allow a reconstruction of camera motion in space in a 3D modelling environment.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 06:22:31 AM EST
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I think it was a 'Hey, it's cheap, let's put it in' decision.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 07:37:25 AM EST
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That's what they said about ringtones ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 08:02:33 AM EST
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As a direct challenge to Nintendo and their fancy Wii controller add-on that I suddenly forget the name of. I reached the point where the idea of a DS as a casual gaming machine became silly some time ago - the iPhone is always there and adequate for the job. New input stuff will help with that and, as Sven says, open up other possibilities.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 08:26:32 AM EST
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