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New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the mobile-darwinism dept.

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kdryer39 writes "Like to tempt fate? Then you might want to check out Send Me To Heaven, the Android app that uses your phone's accelerometers to track how high it travels when thrown upward. Assuming you don't fumble your handset on its return trip, its distance will join that of other daredevils on the game's leaderboards. That's all there is to it. Really." I can't wait for the desktop version.

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Desktop version? Pshaw. (5, Funny)

ZorinLynx (31751) | about a year ago | (#44490923)

We need a version that runs on a VAX 11/780.

"HOLY SHIT DUDE FIVE INCHES! That's awesome!! ...why is the floor cracking?"

*CRASH*

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (5, Funny)

Chemisor (97276) | about a year ago | (#44491099)

XKCD is relevant [xkcd.com] , as usual.

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491247)

flinging a phone in the air vs dropping a mountain.. ya, that's close enough.. not.

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (3, Funny)

solidraven (1633185) | about a year ago | (#44491285)

It is close enough if you're talking about a Nokia 3310!

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492199)

Context. The VAX 11/780 mentioned in the OP is not a phone.

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491391)

Aww... I was betting your link was going to be: http://xkcd.com/194/

Re:Desktop version? Pshaw. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491165)

Pfff. We all know the future is cloud services and SAAS. Lets see you throw that.

Already done (4, Informative)

Noread (2270278) | about a year ago | (#44490935)

The people at Codepoke had an app which did exactly the same thing. They removed it from the app store a while ago.

Click [androlib.com]

Rugged Android smartphones (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | about a year ago | (#44490937)

Casio Commando owners finally have a way to measure their machoness.

Re:Rugged Android smartphones (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491419)

Heh, my wife has one of those, not out of machoness so much as she radiates a field that destroys all electronics she comes in contact with. And to the Commando's credit the thing withstood her for 2.5 years.

Re:Rugged Android smartphones (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492385)

You should punch that stupid whore in the mouth every time she breaks something. Maybe the bitch will finally learn.

But did you know... (5, Funny)

NitzJaaron (733621) | about a year ago | (#44490945)

...that it's the first app collaboratively designed by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon? ;)

Re:But did you know... (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#44491155)

Heh heh.

I was just thinking this is something like a skill-based version of the $1000 "I'm rich" app. Show off your high score and total disregard for the various costs of breaking your phone. Ideally the app should keep track of your number of "losses" and prominently display your phones/week score.

Re:But did you know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491665)

You're assuming that the networks give a shit wheter you have a working phone.

Re: But did you know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492351)

uh, yes, because if you dont, you'll soon have to buy a new one?

Get return on the insurance you paid for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44490951)

What a great way to get return on the insurance you paid for.

Re:Get return on the insurance you paid for. (0)

gagol (583737) | about a year ago | (#44492625)

Sir, I was simply using an app... I don't get why I am not vover by my warranty!

Easily gamed? (1)

Reason58 (775044) | about a year ago | (#44490959)

Tie a string to the phone and spin it in circles. New world record and no broken phone.

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491019)

Where exactly would you be spinning around the phone without it crashing into the floor, and how?
(Your going to climb the Eiffel Tower and then then what...?)

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

eneville (745111) | about a year ago | (#44491289)

You are = you're

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491373)

I know, it was a typo.
Apparently I also wrote "then then".

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491609)

I'd doubt it would register anything unless /g/ hit reasonably close to zero - indicating an apex.

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491025)

Alternately, one could game the system by attaching the phone to a helium baloon

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491127)

...With the exception that it uses accelerometers, once the motion has started and the helium balloon reaches it's maximum climbing velocity, there's no acceleration. The biggest you'll get with this app should be on the initial toss, and the "catch" or landing.

Re: Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491755)

it's = it is

Re: Easily gamed? (1)

gagol (583737) | about a year ago | (#44492641)

It's its way of talking!

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491073)

Tie a string to the phone and spin it in circles. New world record and no broken phone.

So you don't think the app could tell the difference? Physics, nerds know it.

Re:Easily gamed? (2)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a year ago | (#44491075)

When you throw something it experiences momentary very high gs followed by zero gs (except from air resistance). I doubt you can simulate that with a string.

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#44491445)

When you throw something it experiences momentary very high gs followed by zero gs (except from air resistance). I doubt you can simulate that with a string.

My fancy trick yoyo begs to differ - what you've described is, essentially, "walking the dog"

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | about a year ago | (#44491599)

My fancy trick yoyo begs to differ - what you've described is, essentially, "walking the dog"

Uhhh, no. The snap of sending the yoyo to the end of the string is a high acceleration, but while it is spinning on the ground it is feeling 1G. It is that 1G that keeps the tiny amount of friction from the string from catching the hub and ending the trick. If the yoyo wasn't pulling against the string it would easily catch and strart to wind back up.

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#44491733)

Yoyo, yes.

Extrapolate the same movements to a phone on a string - since it's not spinning on a free axis (like the yoyo), the force at the end of string travel is effectively 0g.

Re:Easily gamed? (2)

Obfuscant (592200) | about a year ago | (#44492269)

Yoyo, yes.

huh?

Extrapolate the same movements to a phone on a string - since it's not spinning on a free axis (like the yoyo), the force at the end of string travel is effectively 0g.

The phone at the end of the string is subjected to much more than 1G as you spin it around. It is that force that is keeping the phone from simply dangling at the end of the string. Why do you think you need to pull back on the string so hard if there is "0g" on the phone at the other end? That pull you exert is the "equal and opposite" part of the laws of motion. It is the same principle that makes centrifuges work; the rotation of the centrifuge creates HIGHER forces (more g's) on the thing being spun, not because it creates a 0g environment.

The rotation of the yoyo is not why there is 1g during "walk the dog". There is 1g experienced by the yoyo because it is subject to the earth's gravitational field and is being prevented from accelerating downward by the carpet/floor it is in contact with. If you simply hang a phone from a piece of string, it will experience 1g because the string will be pulling upwards to keep it from falling to the floor.

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492341)

Would the phone be moving toward the ground with an acceleration of ~9.8 m/s^2? If not, then it won't register as freefall to acceleromters. If you have it attached to a string, short of just dropping it in which case the string doesn't matter, then you will not obtain a downward acceleration of 9.8 m/s^2 for any sustained duration. If you spin it in a circle so it just barely clears the top, the acceleromters will register zero at the top of the arc for a moment shorter that if you just lightly tossed it. Otherwise, at any other moment, or for all moments of the loop if going any fast than the bare minimum, it will register non-zero acceleration. Any movement trick that causes the device to stay at roughly the same position relative to the ground will register -9.8 m/s^2 and be pretty clear it is not being tossed.

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491101)

I'm thinking you might not understand what an accelerometer would detect in a phone under freefall. (Hint: it should feel the same forces on the way up as on the way down)

Re:Easily gamed? (3, Interesting)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about a year ago | (#44491323)

Why not just use your root access and write a program that puts a different value on the accelerometers?

Let's see if someone can hit the Apollo 11 landing site.

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

solidraven (1633185) | about a year ago | (#44491405)

I think it's time to go bungee jumping with a phone in your pocket.

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

Quila (201335) | about a year ago | (#44491707)

If the developers have half a brain, they'll check for deceleration up and acceleration down according to gravity.

I'm thinking a 20 foot vertical air cannon with a throwaway phone, the phone encased in foam in an aerodynamic shell. But then they may factor in human strength limits too.

Re:Easily gamed? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492245)

deceleration up and acceleration down according to gravity.

Sorry, you fail physics. As someone has already pointed out, once the phone leaves your hand, and if we neglect air resistance (which would probably be negligible), then the phone will measure *no* acceleration at all at any point during its rise and fall. Determining how high it was thrown is likely done simply by knowing how long it was in free fall, and how strong the Earth's gravitational field is.

Re:Easily gamed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492381)

That wasn't a physics fail though. Near the Earth's surface you know that a gravitational acceleration of g is omnipresent, and subtract it as the background. You would definitely measure the acceleration during freefall part of the arc. Just because the acceleromters would be outputting something near zero doesn't mean it is not measured, but that it is pretty clear relative to sitting sitting still.

Off to get my 3-person slingshot... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44490961)

...we'll see if this is really "lifeproof" or not today.

Homebrew Rocket Club (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44490965)

Aaaaaaand its quickly not about how high you can throw. (Maybe a parachute, too, will be used if the phone isn't a cheapy sacrificed for the purpose.)

You laugh... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#44491023)

...but there's probably already a thread at http://www.rocketryforum.com/ [rocketryforum.com] about it. Hell, they've discussed the methods and legality of using phones as tracking devices to death; might as well make them accelerometers as well. Of course, that'll mean somebody will have to figure out how to make the phone fire a pyro at apogee for the recovery chute.

Re:You laugh... (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#44491687)

First thing that came to my mind was the 'punkin chunkin' crowd. How far can you launch an Android phone embedded in a pumpkin? Really, really far . . .

Re:Homebrew Rocket Club (1)

leon.gandalf (752828) | about a year ago | (#44491143)

Why not, we used to launch egg lofters. See if you can get the egg back in one piece... Even easier with a phone.

Sure (1)

drumsergio (2833711) | about a year ago | (#44490971)

The developers got high...!

Diaper App (5, Funny)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year ago | (#44490977)

They should add this to a diaper so that I can see how high I can throw babies!

Should have called it... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44490981)

AngryDroids.

Next up (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about a year ago | (#44490991)

Next up: the app that uses accelerometers to detect sudden deceleration and encourages you to throw your cell phone against the wall as hard as possible.

Because, really, why take chances when you can have a sure thing?

Re:Next up (1)

tsa (15680) | about a year ago | (#44491001)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Next up (4, Funny)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about a year ago | (#44491005)

You don't even need an accelerometer for that. Just have the app send heartbeats to a server, and when the server stops receiving them, it knows you've won!

Pictures, or it didn't happen! (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | about a year ago | (#44490995)

Cool.
Now what they need is an app that detects when it's pointed at the ground, and snaps a couple of pictures!

Re:Pictures, or it didn't happen! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491059)

Cool.
Now what they need is an app that detects when it's pointed at the ground, and snaps a couple of pictures!

Pitchers - or it didn't happen. There FTFY :D

Re:Pictures, or it didn't happen! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491765)

That's one way to check on your bald spot, I suppose.

Re:Pictures, or it didn't happen! (1)

TheSeatOfMyPants (2645007) | about a year ago | (#44491851)

Based on my image gallery, mine already seems to have a variant on that: whenever I ask it to take a picture of something outside my car, it waits until it detects that it's aimed at my steering wheel, dashboard, side mirror, etc. instead. (I've heard it's related to the well-known one that waits to photograph a pet until they're either in motion or showing off their privates.)

N900Fly exists from quite some time already (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44490997)

Somebody remember N900Fly ... been in circulation for more than 3 years http://maemo.org/packages/view/n900fly/

Re:N900Fly exists from quite some time already (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44491189)

Came here to post this. Maemo did it first!

Re:N900Fly exists from quite some time already (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about a year ago | (#44491313)

Came here to post this. Maemo did it first!

I think 4 ft -- over a queen size mattress -- was as high as I ever dared, even with the Otterbox on my N900.

iPhone 3GS in picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491007)

Why on their official websites animated trailer does it show an iPhone 3GS?

Re:iPhone 3GS in picture (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#44491499)

I'll hazard a guess: because they used an iPhone 3GS when they shot the video and pictures.

HangTime for iOS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491029)

just like HangTime, which premiered for the iPhone in 2008.

http://iphonehangtime.com

(No longer available, alas)

Brought to you... (1)

bikin (1113139) | about a year ago | (#44491041)

by the Android Manufacturers Association.

What can possibly go wrong? (1)

bmk67 (971394) | about a year ago | (#44491047)

I'm seeing a vision... of broken phones... and angry people.

I'm quite the prognositcator.

It's an improvement. (2)

intermodal (534361) | about a year ago | (#44491067)

Back when I had an iPhone, several features encouraged me to throw device as hard as possible against a very solid surface. I never took them up on the offer, but it sure was tempting.

i miss SGI, sometimes.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491139)

..now, if *only* they had survived until the expansion of the mobile market, Darwin awards may now be plus a few embedded skulls. None of whom would be missed ;)

iPhone (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about a year ago | (#44491147)

Wasn't there an apple app that did that as well?

Re:iPhone (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year ago | (#44491223)

Not that I recall. There *was* a Facebook forward going around that said the safest and fastest way to charge an iphone is in a microwave. Maybe this is revenge.

Or maybe Ballmer is playing both of them.

Re:iPhone (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year ago | (#44491331)

Wasn't there an apple app that did that as well?

Yes, there was. It was rejected on the grounds it would do harm to your device [kotaku.com] .

Though I think there were others as well.

I'm not sure how I should feel about the rejection. Angry because they rejected it, or pleased because it was a stupid app that honestly would probably result in a very negative user reaction as thousands of people drop and break their phones.

Re:iPhone (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about a year ago | (#44491519)

honestly would probably result in a very negative user reaction as thousands of people drop and break their phones.

And who would be at fault there?

Oh, that. (1)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#44491191)

I tried playing something a lot like this on OnLive a while back, but somehow I didn't do very well.

Send me to HELL!!! (1)

ClassicASP (1791116) | about a year ago | (#44491193)

Soon as someone invents the app I'm throwing my G3 phone off the roof of a building, or perhaps into a botomless pit.

geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (3, Funny)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#44491195)

Step 1:)

Purchase a waterproof smartphone enclosure from a sporting goods store. Like say, these generic ones. [aliexpress.com] insert the phone inside the protector, and seal it.

Step 2:)

At the local post office, purchase a normal cardboard shipping box. I understand walmart also carries these. Then, buy a can of expanding foam insulation. Squirt the expanding foam insulation into the cardboard box, then, while the foam is still expanding and workable, embed the enclosure inside the foam. (You want to be able to get the phone out of the enclosure later. Keep that in mind.)

Step 3:)

Load the cardboard "shock box" into a "pumpkin chucker" trebuchet. You may need to troll newspapers or craigs list to find someone who has one. (they tend to advertise having them [pumpkinfarm.com] , so all you need to do is look.) Set the angle nigh, then let it rip.

Enoy your ballistic smartphone score.

Re:geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | about a year ago | (#44491643)

At the local post office, purchase a normal cardboard shipping box. I understand walmart also carries these.

The express mail ones at the post office are free. You only pay for them when you actually mail them.

Re:geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492287)

At the local post office, purchase a normal cardboard shipping box. I understand walmart also carries these.

The express mail ones at the post office are free. You only pay for them when you actually mail them.

Technically, they're free for paying customers of the respective Priority service. But hey, why waste $4 to support the USPS's sale of generic boxes when, for the very slightest of ricks, you can commit mail fraud/theft instead?

Re:geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491761)

I was thinking water balloon launcher for my old phone AFTER I move all my data to my new one...when I have about 5 megs of pre-paid service left.

Re:geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (1)

_avs_007 (459738) | about a year ago | (#44491845)

So complicated... Just run Android in a VM, and fake the accelerometer inputs. You can make the phone think it's doing anything.

Re:geek cred and fun in 3 easy* steps! (1)

ImprovOmega (744717) | about a year ago | (#44491907)

Or put the phone in airplane mode and start the app on takeoff. No fancy case required =)

To quote a movie (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#44491245)

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

I'll keep this loaded... (1)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year ago | (#44491255)

...for the next time something borks my SD card. I bet you can score really high if you aren't worried about catching it.

Otter (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | about a year ago | (#44491269)

This wouldn't be a problem for the otterbox cased I've had. Once, several years ago while going through my divorce, I threw my (HTC HD2) phone down a flight of cement steps, impacting first at the very bottom fairly hard. The phone survived without nary a scratch, dent, or defect; I was actually still on the call when I picked it up several moments later. The case did get a bit scratched up, though.

While that phone is sadly no longer with us (best one I've ever had - the hardware buttons have stopped working, still might be fixable with a little investigation...), I have no doubt that a similarly equipped phone with an otterbox would survive simlarly. I'd definately run this app on it, and, in fact, might be tempted to rig the game a little bit.

The only other phone I've had to survive stuff like that was one of the pre-polyphonic Nokia flip phones that pretty much everyone had, right before cell service became a 'mass consumer' thing.

This thread reminds me of the 'iPhone throwing competitions' I heard of happening up in one of the Nordic countries. Related, maybe?

If I needed to create this app (1)

chuckugly (2030942) | about a year ago | (#44491283)

If I needed to create this app I would probably just measure the time spent in freefall/micro-g. No need to get fancy past that right?

That's a big assumption. (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#44491343)

The app assumes acceleration due to gravity is a constant...
And the winner is? The International Space Station!

So, just take it to micro gravity, tie a string on it and spin it "up". You can do the same here on Earth, but it could be trickier since they can check for a wobble due to Earth's pull.

Sounds like a rip off of "N900 fly" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491439)

Sounds like a rip off of "N900 fly"

*sigh* I miss the N900. They should have kept GTK+ and it could have dominated :(

How long until someone cheats? (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | about a year ago | (#44491503)

1. build device to trigger parachute release on specific tone via 1/8" headphone jack
2. write app which detects apex and triggers tonal playback on 1/8" headphone jack
3. slingshot/water balloon launcher

Or

someone puts their phone in a model rocket

Or... easier (1)

billlava (1270394) | about a year ago | (#44491585)

Load the app up in an Android emulator, and feed the accelerometer canned data to simulate orbiting the earth. Indefinite freefall! High score!

Apple rejected my app :-( (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491517)

I had an app that was effectively a digital scale. You just stand on your iphone to see how much you weigh. I thought it was a great idea so people could measure their weight wherever they were at any time. Seems handy right?

Challenge Accepted: Cheater's Edition! (1)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | about a year ago | (#44491697)

I'd just put it on my quadcopter drone and fly that sucker straight up to the FAA-mandated flight ceiling for such craft; 400 feet ABL like it was nothing.

It's been done before (1)

Picardo85 (1408929) | about a year ago | (#44491753)

as an iphone app [gizmodo.com.au]

Today's Top score 42.81m (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44491935)

That's impressive.

Where is the IPhone version (1)

dinther (738910) | about a year ago | (#44491937)

Can't wait to see the IPhone version. That should clean up a bit.

almost analogous (1)

bmimatt (1021295) | about a year ago | (#44492011)

This reminds me of the common 'windows' fix recommended by some on IRC a decade or so ago: 'alt +F4'

people who want to fool the app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492045)

just play the game over a body of water, the water will absorb the impact of your phone and it will be teh safes

Underpants Gnome logic (1)

Y2K is bogus (7647) | about a year ago | (#44492057)

Here's how you win:

Step 1: Ship via UPS with big FRAGILE label on box
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Win!!!

Innovation (1)

puddingebola (2036796) | about a year ago | (#44492143)

This is an innovative way to sell more devices. As it turns out, the App was written by a consortium of companies: Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola.

surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44492163)

MS Surface version is available?

Let me guess (1)

sconeu (64226) | about a year ago | (#44492257)

This app was written by either Apple or Oracle, right?

Other direction? (1)

jonyen (2633919) | about a year ago | (#44492345)

The developers should release a game where the goal is to throw your phone to the ground as hard as you can (think "Send Me to Heaven", but in the opposite direction). That would be a lot funnier to watch.

iPhone & Windoze app only! (1)

rstanley (758673) | about a year ago | (#44492503)

This app should only be available for iPhones and (And especially) Windoze phones only! Let them drop and break all their phones, then replace them with Androids! ;^)

Uhm? (1)

dos1 (2950945) | about a year ago | (#44492527)

Is *that* newsworthy? I remember app that did exactly the sam, for Maemo on Nokia N900 - few years ago...

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