Tap-to-Pair: Associating Wireless Devices with Synchronous Tapping

Oct 07th, 2018

(IMWUT ’18)Tengxiang Zhang, Xin Yi, Ruolin Wang, Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu, Yiqin Lu and Yuanchun Shi

Tap-to-Pair is a spontaneous device association technique that initiates pairing from advertising devices without hardware or firmware modifications. Tapping an area near the advertising device’s antenna can change its signal strength. Users can then associate two devices by synchronizing taps on the advertising device with the blinking pattern displayed by the scanning device. By leveraging the wireless transceiver for sensing, Tap-to-Pair does not require additional resources from advertising devices and needs only a binary display (e.g. LED) on scanning devices.

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