Linear accelerometers in phones will be great for traders at hedge funds. When they screw up a trade and throw the handset across the office, it will make an appropriate sound, like a bomb falling. Whhhhooooooo-crash!
Remember how excited you were when you first laid hands on the Nintendo Wiimote? It may be a novelty but it’s not exactly disposable. Which is why the accelerometers behind the Wiimote, which measure linear acceleration, may soon find their way to handsets. Imagine the possibilities: navigating the mobile web with a flick of the wrist, rolling your Monkey Ball through a 3-D maze, counting the number steps that you take in a day, even.