Over the past weeks we have been working hard on integrating all the features of SoniControl 2.0 in the most usable way possible. We have been conducting expert interviews and user tests and wanted to give you some insights into this process. You will see below the evolution of SoniControl main activity design over time: Read more about Usability testing and UI redesign[…]
Many people contacted us in the past and asked if an iOS version of SoniControl is available. There seem to be a large demand from the iOS user community and therefore we tried our best answering the following questions: Is it technically possible to create an iOS version of SoniControl? Would an iOS version of Read more about iOS Concept release[…]
We are glad to announce that SoniControl 2.0 is ready to (beta) test on the Google Play Store! As previously announced, this version includes novel diagnostics features intended to make ultrasonic signals more “graspable” to the users. Everyone is invited to test the app and give us feedback on the new functionality as well as Read more about SoniControl 2.0 beta testing[…]
On September 27th we presented SoniControl and SoniTalk at the Forschungsfest Niederösterreich in Vienna. The event was taking place at the Palais Niederösterreich and welcomed numerous visitors interested in experimenting and discover Lower Austrian research projects. Our stand was in the “Rittersaal” where projects about the “Medien und Technik” topic were positioned. We were able Read more about Forschungsfest Niederösterreich[…]
Our map visualization improved significantly since the first prototype. It now has the functionality to filter by technology, address and time; and shows different technologies with different colours. Beside that, the amplitude of the detections is shown by the radius of the circles and the number of detections at one place is shown by the Read more about Improved map visualization and import detection rules[…]
Here is a first prototype of our new detection dialog. It now integrates the visualization of ultrasonic messages and will offer the possibility to replay messages at audible frequencies to get a better grasp of what was detected. These diagnostics features should help users to distinguish potentially unwanted signals from false detection (e.g. triggered by some “noise”). A sharing functionality will also make Read more about Integrating the diagnostics module[…]
On the 16th of May was taking place the netidee Spring Talk 2019. A great opportunity for the teams of all the funded projects to gather, give a short presentation of their status, ask for help on some specific issues or even offer support in their expertise field. We then had time for networking and Read more about SoniControl at the netidee Spring Talk[…]
How can we show to the users how an ultrasonic message looks like? This question was investigated by the SoniControl team in the last weeks while working on our “Diagnostics-Module”. We are currently implementing sound visualization techniques to make the received inaudible ultrasonic messages better tangible and interpretable to the users. A first result of Read more about Making sound visible[…]
SoniControl was a part of the Radiobroadcast “Camouflage für das Leben in der Überwachungsgesellschaft” on radio Ö1 in the course of the “matrix” series. More information can be found here: https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20190208/542809
On January the 17th, the federal state of Lower Austria was awarding prizes to outstanding innovative projects made in Lower Austria. This year, 10 projects from research institutions and 25 projects from companies were nominated in five categories. SoniControl, as well as four other research projects from St. Pölten UAS, were presented and received a recognition award. “The Read more about Lower Austrian Innovation Awards ceremony[…]
Novel technologies like Google Nearby and Silverpush build upon ultrasonic sounds to exchange information. More and more of our devices communicate via this inaudible communication channel. Ultrasonic communication enables to pair devices, exchange information but also to track users and their behavior across several devices similar to cookies in the web. Every device with a microphone and a speaker is able to send and receive ultrasonic information. The user is usually not aware of this inaudible and hidden data transfer. To overcome this gap, within the project SoniControl we research the current capabilities of ultrasonic communication and raise awareness for this unknown communication channel. To date there is no technology available that detects ultrasonic communication and that enables the user to protect his or her privacy. We develop a mobile application that detects ultrasonic activity, notifies the user and blocks the information on demand. Thereby, we want to raise the awareness for this novel technology and help users to protect their privacy.
Check out our video for a short introduction of the project (in German)
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Ultrasonic Communication WIKI
We have collected a comprehensive collection of literature about ultrasonic communication. Check out our WIKI and tell us if you miss something!
Download our collection of recorded ultrasonic sounds and see what our phones send and receive (visualizations included)
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SoniControl App – Store
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SoniControl App – Direct Download
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