Apple introduced "Shake to Undo" in the iPhone and iPod Touch in iOS 3.0 when it enabled Cut/Copy/Paste functions. Now, a third-party developer has brought a similar "function" to sudden motion sensor-equipped Apple notebooks.

OSXDaily first noticed the software, written by Nate Stedman. It presses Command-Z -- the standard undo keystroke -- when the sudden motion sensor detects movement. There is a confirmation screen that users can enable to prevent accidental undos.

The sudden motion sensor is normally used to "park" the heads of a hard drive to prevent physical damage during a drop or other sudden movement. Solid-state drives, like those in the MacBook Air, are immune to this sort of damage. So, we don't actually recommend anyone use this software, but it's an interesting proof of concept.

Get Shake-to-Undo for Mac free from GitHub.

Top Rated Comments

ppc_michael Avatar
160 months ago
What are people complaining about? This seems pretty cooConnection lost.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zoolevation Avatar
160 months ago
Mac Pro + AppleCare + ''Shake-to-Undo'' = Win
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
r2fa3l Avatar
160 months ago
Does it "undo" if I drop my Macbook Air though..... :^)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tomorrow Avatar
160 months ago
I wonder if it'll work on my iMac.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chainprayer Avatar
160 months ago
If my friend does something stupid can I shake him?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdowns Avatar
160 months ago
I wonder if it'll work on my iMac.
Try it and report back here.

Proof of concept of what? I can put my MacBook on a pile of **** and argue that it's a proof of concept.
And when you do, I'm sure Jordan will write a story about it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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