Bendable WhammyPhone Offers Flexible Music Control
Would you ever use a bendable whammyphone? This new device allows you to manipulate sound by bending and movement.This article originally appeared on New Atlas
Earlier this year, a team from Queen's University in Canada demonstrated a smartphone prototype called ReFlex that had a flexible display capable of flipping virtual book pages in response to what were dubbed bend gestures.
Researchers from the same Human Media Lab have now developed a similar device called the WhammyPhone that's claimed to be the world's first virtual musical instrument for flexible phones.
The WhammyPhone prototype sports a 1920 x 1080 pixel full high-definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display and, like the ReFlex device, includes a bend sensor. This means that a user can manipulate the sound of electronically-generated instruments such as a guitar or violin by bending, squeezing or twisting the "smartphone."
"WhammyPhone is a completely new way of interacting with sound using a smartphone," said Dr. Roel Vertegaal, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Queen's University. "It allows for the kind of expressive input normally only seen in traditional musical instruments."