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Sensors 2014, 14(11), 21151-21173;

VibeComm: Radio-Free Wireless Communication for Smart Devices Using Vibration

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and ASRI, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744, Korea
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Received: 3 September 2014 / Revised: 23 October 2014 / Accepted: 30 October 2014 / Published: 10 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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This paper proposes VibeComm, a novel communication method for smart devices using a built-in vibrator and accelerometer. The proposed approach is ideal for low-rate off-line communication, and its communication medium is an object on which smart devices are placed, such as tables and desks. When more than two smart devices are placed on an object and one device wants to transmit a message to the other devices, the transmitting device generates a sequence of vibrations. The vibrations are propagated through the object on which the devices are placed. The receiving devices analyze their accelerometer readings to decode incoming messages. The proposed method can be the alternative communication method when general types of radio communication methods are not available. VibeComm is implemented on Android smartphones, and a comprehensive set of experiments is conducted to show its feasibility. View Full-Text
Keywords: smartphones; vibration; wireless; communication smartphones; vibration; wireless; communication
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Hwang, I.; Cho, J.; Oh, S. VibeComm: Radio-Free Wireless Communication for Smart Devices Using Vibration. Sensors 2014, 14, 21151-21173.

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