Microsoft Patent Looks to Silence Phones with Strong Slap

September 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Fed up with the ultimate care you give to your brand new expensive smartphone? Ever wanted to slap the device against something, frustrated by its great performance?

If you do it with the devices in the present market, you will have to spend a lot of bucks again to get things straight again. But a new patent filed by Microsoft shows that future phones may allow you to slap them to keep them silent.

As per a patent filing recently approved by the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO), the new technology developed by Microsoft allows users to slap on the device to keep it silent. Interesting right?

It will be more interesting when it comes to real practice. According to the patent application whacking on the phone will turn it off.

Suppose you are at a place where the most awkward thing is a loud phone ringing. You have forgotten to mute the device and there it goes ringing in full volume.

Don’t worry to get the thing out of the pocket and mute it with a grin on you face, just slap it over the pocket, it will be silent.

The system will have an accelerometer to measure the slap, which will then compare the data with an example of such standard slap events.

A third unit, called whack-based audio control unit will keep the phone silent if the whack is strong enough.

However, it is not clear if the phone with the technology will be able to suffer slaps beyond a power limit.

Obviously, it will not be. Moreover, the feature will keep the phone silent, when some pressure similar to a slap is applied on the device unknowingly.

 

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