What is Bump?

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One of the most popular apps on both the iPhone and the Android has to be Bump. I see people everywhere bumping their phones together in order to get to know each other better. You can use Bump to exchange contact information, share photos, or even become friends on Facebook. As you can see from the demonstration we did in the video, it’s simple to use. Stop wasting your time manually typing someone’s name, phone number and email address into your address book. Just Bump them!

The app on your phone uses the phone’s sensors to literally “feel” the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The algorithm on Bump’s website listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. As soon as the two users confirm the bump (it only takes a few seconds for the app to ask you), the information is exchanged.

Two people who wish to Bump each other don’t have to be using the same type of device. An iPod Touch can Bump an Android, for instance. As of now, only a few phones have the sensors in them that Bump needs in order to “feel” the bumps you make. In the near future, though, all phones will include those same sensors. When that happens, the folks at Bump plan to have an app available for them all. Their goal is to see that none of us ever have to manually enter contact information again.

Be careful when you Bump! Only Bump with a partner who will be gentle to you. Your iPhone is not salsa-proof!

Special thanks to the folks at AMD for helping me to attend SXSW.

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