Flexible mobile phones and smartphones have long been not a completely new idea. A lot of research organizations and even companies engaged in the production of mobile electronics, in particular Nokia and Lenovo, demonstrated their experimental samples of flexible smartphones, some of which are able to impress our imagination. Recently, the specialists of the Human Media Lab of the University of Queens (Queen’s University) demonstrated a new device called WhammyPhone, which can be called the world’s first flexible smartphone, performing the functions of a musical instrument.
By bending the display of the WhammyPhone, the user can extract sounds, the nature of which is set in the presets of the special application. The developers argue that the basic principles of human interaction with a virtual musical instrument are largely copied from the principles of playing the guitar and violin. “WhammyPhone is a completely new way to get sounds and music with a smartphone.This device takes into account both the presets and the features of human actions that are commonly used when playing traditional musical instruments in real life,” says Dr. Roel Vertegaal.
Touchscreen flexible screen device WhammyPhone has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 points and it is made by FOLED-technology (Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode). The screen is equipped with special sensors, the data from which allow to determine with a high enough accuracy the level and the bend position of the display. In addition, the screen can display keys and other interactive elements, through which a person is able to play music with the help of specialized software and a synthesizer, in which is still used the standard personal computer.
As demonstrated by Dr. Vertegaal, the WhammyPhone can be used not only as an unusual musical instrument. With proper approach it can be used as a control element of a DJ mixer console. “One of the advantages of the WhammyPhone device is that it provides the same kind of kinesthetic feedback as when interacting with real equipment or musical instruments,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “Such an effect is of paramount importance for musicians, only with its they can express all the subtleties of their creative potential. “
Unfortunately, information about the future of the technologies underlying the WhammyPhone device is not yet available. However, some of these technologies can appear in the near future in commercial products, albeit in a highly modified form, the researchers believe.
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