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Flip Silent for S60: Silence Calls by Flipping your Phone

Zach Epstein
January 14th, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Since Nokia released a preview video for their upcoming S60 Touch UI, developers have been targeting devices with built-in accelerometers. It all started thanks to a short clip in Nokia’s S60 Touch demo video showing a woman flipping her phone face-down on a table to silence an incoming call. Manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson and Apple have implemented accelerometers in a variety of ways out of the box, but the only factory implementation of the accelerometer in most S60 devices is to note image orientation while using the camera. Small private developers have since given us a variety of applications including an app that automatically rotates the orientation of the display, an app that allows you to mimic directional-pad button presses by gesturing with the phone, and even an inclinometer for off roading. With his latest addition to the fray, developer Tong Ren has been making quite a splash thanks to his freeware app Flip Silent. In a nutshell, Ren’s app brings it back to the origin of the development rush; Flip Silent will automatically silence or disconnect an incoming call when you flip your phone face-down. The latest version also adds the ability to snooze or disable alarms by flipping the device. Sure, this isn’t really ground-breaking stuff but it’s pretty cool functionality that could easily be implemented on plenty of devices, S60 and others. How would you like to see your device make use of an accelerometer?

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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