Seriously whacked

Silencing ringing cell phones is fumbly enough for fully dextrous folks; the difficulty is enhanced for folks with spasticity or fine motor control impairments. Now a team from Carnegie Mellon and Intel is planning to introduce a set of gestures that will allow phones with accelerometers to be shushed with a whack; as long it’s powerful enough to be distinguished from a regular jostle, it’ll turn off the ringing. One team member envisions a two-whack setup: the first for silencing, the second for postponing an alert or communicating to a caller that they should call back later.

New Scientist: Silence that ringing cell phone with a whack

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