is pretty active in adding new, uncommon features, to its Windows Mobile
devices. For instance HTC was the first (and so far the last) which added the
JOGGR (see the::unwired's
preview here) to its HTC Excalibur Windows Mobile Smartphone which replaced the
jogwheel as used for ages.
Now, with the HTC Athena (also known as T-Mobile Ameo or HTC X7500 Advantage),
HTC added another technology it calls "VueFLO" which uses the G-Sensor which the
Basically, the G-Sensor was designed to protect the hard disk from damages, in
case the device drops or gets other shocks but the G-Sensor can also be used for
navigating through the operating system.
While HTC hasn't enabled it for all Windows Mobile features and menus, it's
part of the browser experience which means you can scroll
through websites horizontal and vertical without using the stylus or joystick
but simply by moving the device up and down, left and right.
VueFLOw is activated with the button right to the display and once enabled, it's indicated with an additional icon in the task bar:
Depending on the direction (up, down, left, right) the dot in the circle
either goes up or down, left or right. However, it's not a 4 way navigation only
but VueFLO even supports 8 ways:
Bellow a video which shows you VueFLO in action:
I've played quite a while with VueFLO and for me, it's still a gimmick. A
pretty fancy one but a gimmick which I can do without well and which I wouldn't
miss at all. Sure, it shows what a Pocket PC can do today and HTC integrated it
smooth but I haven't seen the real benefit at all. At the end I have to use the
stylus or joystick anyway to open a link.
Cheers ~ Arne