Complex touch events are well-defined and can even be categorised as seen in this Wikipedia article

We have great names for various touch gestures like:

  • Double-tap
  • Pinch / Zoom
  • Long Press
  • etc.

When it comes to whole-device motion gestures, I can only think of a few:

  • Shake
  • Figure-8
  • Horizontal Slice (ie: quickly move back an forth without rotation)

Is there a similar list for whole-device motion gestures?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Re-orienting comes to mind (eg. tilting side to side, switching landscape vs portrait, or inverting for wormholes in Space Team). I don't know whether this can be answered with a definitive list of significant gestures though. Are you looking for gestures that serve a particular function, or anything else we could use as a criterion to identify a good or correct answer? \$\endgroup\$ – DMGregory Nov 24 '15 at 5:39