We present WhammyPhone, a novel audio interface that supports physical manipulation of digital audio through bend gestures. WhammyPhone combines a high-resolution flexible display, bend sensors, and a set of intuitive interaction techniques that enable novice users to manipulate sound in a tangible fashion. With WhammyPhone, bend gestures can control both discrete (e.g. triggering a note) and continuous parameters (e.g. pitch bend). We showcase application scenarios that leverage the unique input modalities of WhammyPhone and discuss its potential for digital audio manipulation.

Credits: Gomes et al. 2016


Antonio Gomes, Lahiru Priyadarshana, Juan Pablo Carrascal, and Roel Vertegaal. 2016. WhammyPhone: Exploring Tangible Audio Manipulation Using Bend Input on a Flexible Smartphone. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’16 Adjunct). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 159-161. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2984751.2985742

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