One of the benefits of smartphones is that they tend to be right at the forefront of technology. Not only are manufacturers looking to include the best in class specifications, features and hardware, but technology companies in general are also looking to best make use of smartphones to further push technology boundaries. One such area which works as a prime example of this is ultrasonic frequencies. Over the last year or so, there has been numerous reports on how companies are looking to increase the ultrasound capabilities of smartphones. From ultrasonic fingerprint sensors to ultrasonic proximity sensors, and more. Well, an app which recently became available on the Google Play Store also looks to make use of ultrasound, although this time, to swap links with other smartphone owners quickly.
The app is 'Radon – Share using Ultrasound' and while there are many apps that look to make the sharing of content easier, this one takes on a more novel approach by omitting the need to sync devices via Bluetooth, be on the same Wi-Fi network or use NFC. Of course, if you have any of these features available, then the app will let you make use of them. However, if you do not, then you can simply use ultrasonic frequencies to beam the links over.
The app is able to do this by making use of the recently introduced Nearby API from Google. Allowing the quick-swapping of links to videos, websites or other content online. There are stipulations of course. Firstly, both (or all, if sending to multiple users at the same time – which you can do), users do need to have the app installed for the sending and receiving of links. Secondly, due to the lightweight nature of the beaming technology in use, it is only links that can really be sent from one device to another. Larger elements like images, videos or otherwise cannot be sent using this particular method. While you may wonder what is the difference then between ultrasonically beaming a link or sending one via the various messaging channels, well, in theory there is not much difference, although this is faster (and certainly for links sent to multiple users) and in most cases, likely cheaper too. Those interested in checking out the app can do so by heading through the link below.