Microsoft granted patent for “whacking it off” …your phone that is

Microsoft granted patent for “whacking it off” …your phone that is
Before you get the wrong idea, this patent is for silencing your device by whacking it. It is a rather odd way of conveying the meaning though. Once you understand the details, it is an excellent idea. It is based on the premise that there is a desire to quickly control a device without having to interact with it.

Imagine you are at school, in the library or at a business meeting, and your phone rings because you forgot to silence it. The phone continues to make a racket while you pull it out of its pouch, pocket or holster and you turn it off. Using this whack-it-off (or whack-it…there is just no good way to write it) feature, you would just have to literally whack the device (as in hit it) to silence it.  This would come in handy as you would not have to handle the phone to accomplish the task.  It could remain in your pocket, purse or holster.

When it comes down to it, it is really just a way to use an accelerometer to trigger action quickly. The device rings, a “whack based” component receives accelerometer data indicating a “whack” and the ringing is suspended. In theory, the action would not have to stop at merely silencing the ringer. Perhaps it can also initiate sending an appropriate message to the caller.

In their patent text, Microsoft provides 26 ways to whack the device, including instances where multiple whacks may be used (seriously, we are not making this up). This technology could be deployed across different types of devices as well.

Since the patent application was just published, we do not expect to see this feature right away. When it does arrive however, just be sure to take it easy.

sources: Patent Bolt, US Patent and Trademark Office




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42 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Just wait damages done by “whacking it off” will not be covered by the manufacturer warranty. Clap on, clap off...

8. No_Nonsense unregistered

Unless and util that part is made up of a special material.

10. troll_buster

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Not possible. Nokia used as a hammer is. I dunno about the other brands.

29. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Next Apple innovation: when you whack the phone Siri answers with "Oh yeah!" or "More!" Haha

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, the BDSM jokes that arise from that notion...

32. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

whacking it doessn't mean smashing it

37. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

whacking it probably doesnt mean damaging your phone's internals.. ever heard of nokia Lumia 900 as a HAMMER? the glass screen didnt break and surely the hardware still works properly. :)

38. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i like the other one; "flip-to-silence" ... i dont like this new term "whack-it". so i will rename it to "bitch'slap-to-silence" :D

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

Honestly speaking, I'd prefer flip to silence.

6. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Flip to silence is such a useful feature - these kind of things that never make it to the spec sheets of phones but you end up using every day.

12. tegradragon

Posts: 68; Member since: May 23, 2012

But what if you're in a silence zone and you have got NO time to remove it from your pocket and THEN flip to silence? Its better to just whack it and save yourself from embarrassment :)

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol ur prefrence is ok but this idea is not to flip in the pocket although i was also amazed how come they come up with that idea lolz dont wack too much the baby moblie is gonna cry :\

36. cdnfreak

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I wonder if you quickly rotated your body if it would accomplish the flip action?

3. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Hmm...thinking about it,could be useful

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Silly season on patents continues.

5. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Not like there's any choice, if it's an idea, you better patent it fast cos if you don't and it takes off, 1) Apple's gonna steal it and you ain't gonna get a single cent. 2) Apple's gonna patent it and sue you and others for using it.

7. troll_buster

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

..or Samsung gonna copy it and get away for good profiting

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Everyone copies, nobody had a problem with that before. Moto made the first flip-phone, everyone made a flip-phone, no sueing. Nokia popularized candy-bar phones, everyone made candybar phones, no sueing. Siemens made the first slider phone, everyone made slider phones, no sueing. Apple popularized touchscreen phone, everyone made touchscreen phones, Apple sues everyone. Apple is the one that started this crap with copying and sueing others for copying.

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

u are the one who should never get thumbdown for this comment

28. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

good one..if one sets the trend,the industry follows because the consumer expects that kind of choice....

40. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

BUT iphone was not the first touchscreen phone!!! :O http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

33. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

troll_buster, what can you say about the comment of frydaexiii? is it true?! obviously it's true... are you a troll buster as your name suggest? but in this case you were busted!!

19. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Intellectual property is more valuable than than the technology used, thats what differentiates Apple from the masses. That curved screen & the straight to the point User interface was someone's idea and is one of the main reasons people buy their phones. Not just because it has LTE now or a Dual-core processors.

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

no actully u might be correct till iPhone4 after that they made the iPhone more joke then real phone that is one reson why the market is shifting towards android and wp(slowly) it will take time for people to realize apple had started fooling people to believe they make the best while not actually doing anything at all. well thats not always the case you will see it soon.adding up more cores dual quad etc doesnt count as innovative its only trend.

35. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

true, but you get my point?

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well then apple had better one :- apple CEO :hmm what should we do next well looks like we cant do much with ip5 ... Oh wait lets streched the ip4 and add a new row in the end on homescreen and name it ip5 people are gonna so love it even though it will be make them a joke and they wont notice it at all and after some other guys copy it we gonna patent the 5th Row hows that money from customers and money from copy OEMs iPhone Chief Designer : Excellent Idea Sir we already ran out of ideas and RnD team any way.

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Am i going to get sued for whacking off now ?

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I must admit this feature is a funny one and definetely worth a patent. Though if you think about all those times you forget to silence your phone or have to download an app to do it at certain places based on GPS, its much easier just to whack it.

20. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Actually, when my phone rings in my pocket and it's louder than the environment I try to cover the speaker which means I inadvertently end up hitting it a couple of times. Of course when my phone is on my desk and I don't want to be bothered I can see how flipping the phone over to silence it would be helpful.

42. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

all of those are patented :D

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