WhammyPhone: Bending Sound with a Flexible Smartphone
Queenâs Universityâs Human Media Lab unveils musical instrument for a flexible smartphone.
KINGSTON – Researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queenâs University have developed the worldâs first musical instrument for a flexible smartphone. The device, dubbed WhammyPhone, allows users to bend the display in order to create sound effects on a virtual instrument, such as a guitar or violin.
âWhammyPhone is a completely new way of interacting with sound using a smartphone. It allows for the kind of expressive input normally only seen in traditional musical instruments.â says Dr. Vertegaal.
WhammyPhone features a Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display that shows keys that can be used to play sounds on sound synthesis software running on a computer. Like the ReFlex flexible smartphone, WhammyPhone is also equipped with a bend sensor, which allows for the user to bend the phone as a means of manipulating the sound.
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