Vibrating Rubber Cellphones
Vibrating rubber cellphones could be the next big thing in mobile communications. They allow people to press the phone 1:o transmit vibrations along with their_______ (1) words. According to a research team at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the idea will make_________ (2) more fun.
Many mobile phones can already vibrate instead of ringing_________ (3) you do not want people to know you are getting a call. But these________(4) are too simple for subtle (敏感的) communication,______ (5) Angela Chang of the lab's Tangible Media Group. "They're either on or off," she says.
But when you hold Chang's rubber cellphone, your fingers and thumb wrap around five________ (6) speakers. They vibrate_______(7) your skin around 250 times per second. Beneath these speakers sit pressure sensors (传感器), so you can transmit vibration as well as _________(8) it. When you squeeze with a finger, a vibration signal is transmitted _________(9) your caller's corresponding finger, its speed _______(10) on how hard you squeeze.
Chang says that within a few minutes of being given the phones, students were using the vibration feature to_______ (11) emphasis to what they were saying. Over time, people even began to transmit their own kind of ad hoc (特别的)"Morse code", which they would repeat back to show they were_______(12) what the other person was saying.
Chang thinks "vibralanguages" could function for the same______ (13) as texting: sometimes people want to communicate______ (14) without everyone nearby knowing what they're saying. "And________ (15) actually being able to shake someone's hand when you close a business deal," she says.
1 A taken B mixed C spoken D broken
2 A phoning B touching C working D asking
3 A since B where C though D when
4 A vibrations B instructions C texts D callings
5 A answers B says C interrupts D tells
6 A loud B native C tiny D large
7 A on B above C over D against
8 A using B turning C receiving D sending
9 A for B to C from D with
10 A depends B bases C puts D focuses
11 A change B add C switch D shift
12 A controlling B asking C discussing D following
13 A fact B plan C reason D trip
14 A something B anything C nothing D thing
15 A look B imagine C suppose D assume
1. C 2. A 3. D 4. A 5. B
6. C 7. D 8. C 9. B 10. A
11. B 12. D 13. C 14. A 15. B