Batman-inspired software lets you make calls by applying pressure on a smartphone’s screen
Batman-inspired software lets you make calls by applying pressure on a smartphone’s screen

Inspiration in itself is neither good nor bad but if we have it from a good person it turns good and if from bad then it results in worse kind of outcomes. Similar is the case with engineers from the University of Michigan whose efforts led to the development of Batman-inspired software that enables users to command their smartphones with putting pressure on its screen.

The amazing thing is that Batman-inspired software’s “ForcePhone“offers a new trick, for instance squeezing your smartphone to make a call through pressure-sensitive display technology, similar to the function of 3D Touch that modified on the iPhone 6S.

Nevertheless, it can’t escape from the researchers clutches of mind that are now using ultrasonic waves to imitate the impacts of 3D touch instead of having the need for an obviously available  screen technology.

In this regard, professor of computer science in electrical engineering, Kang Shin said, “You do not need a special screen or built-in sensors to do this. Now this functionality can be realised on any phone”. He further added, “We have augmented the user interface without requiring any special built-in sensors. ForcePhone increases the vocabulary between the phone and the user”. Shin with his doctoral colleague Yu-Chih Tung’scooperation has created this system.

It is reportedly said that this software could also allow the users to force a bit harder on a screen button to unlock a menu of additional options just like the force we apply by right-clicking on a mouse button.

Further of its specification includes the ForcePhone software using a smartphone’s microphone and speaker for emitting ultrasound that covers up to 18-24 KHz range and is beyond the spectrum of frequencies that can be detected by the human ear, in other words, can be picked up by a dog or phone’s mic.

Yu-Chih Tung who is one of the creators of ForcePhone also said that he thought we are offering a natural interface, similar to how one turn a knob. It is the next step forward from a basic touch interface, and it can complement other gestured communication channels and voice.Tung who is one of the creators of ForcePhone also said that he thought we are offering a natural interface, similar to how one turn a knob. It is the next step forward from a basic touch interface, and it can complement other gestured communication channels and voice.

Tung noted that having expensive and bulky sensors installed in smartphones can solve every problem we have solved but the added cost and laborious installation prevent phone manufacturers from taking such action.

Tung also explained that this was the inspiration which led him to create ForcePhone after seeing “The Dark Knight” of 2008 Batman flick, the one in which the caped crusader turns all the smartphones in Gotham City into a sonar system where high-frequency audio signals bounces off the city’s buildings.

ForcePhone has not decided yet to launch it for consumers but it is for sure that it will be demonstrated at MobiSys 2016, in Singapore by the end of next month.

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