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How to Use the rock phone

Getting Familiar with the Buttons

There are none. The rock phone is touch sensitive and position sensitive so responds to tapping, holding, rotating, shaking, even drawn gestures on its surface.

Turn your rock phone on

Hold it for more than 3 seconds and it will turn on if it is off. Otherwise it will respond with "ready" or similar.

Charge your rock phone

Place your rock phone on any Qi charging surface. The rock phone light will slowly pulse in a color indicating the charge level according to the light spectrum (red orange yellow green indigo violet, least power to most).

Talking and Listening to your rock phone

The rock phone accepts various types of input: speech, morse code tap/hold, written characters, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth headsets. The rock phone produces various types of output: speech, morse code beeps, bluetooth serial console, console avilable by wifi, remote screen available via wifi. The rock phone has a bone conduction speaker inside so you can place the rock phone on your temple or behind your ear to privately hear rock phone speech output/sounds, phone calls, music, or any other sound the rock phone might make.

Control the Volume

To change the volume make a clockwise circular motion on the rock for more than one turn. After one full circle the volume will be increased or decreased according to the direction you gesture.

Mute the rock phone

Turn the rock upside down so it's "light side" is facing down.

Navigate to the home "screen"

Touch and hold the rock phone for more than 3 seconds.

Device Lock/Unlock

If you setup a passcode/lockcode, after going "home" you may enter the passcode with morse code, gestures or speech.


On rock phone by default all interactions are in terms of contexts. Think of a context as a screen or an app. There is the home context, texting/sms, phone calls, email, etc.

Home Context

Presents basic information like time, date, network status, notifications and battery level. By default this is spoken but you can change to morse code or any other means you can devise.

Basic Interactions on all Contexts

All contexts are presented as a series of lines of information or sentences if you will. These lines of information are manipulated by you in a way similar to the standard unix editor: ed(1) pronounced "e" "d". Say you are in the text context and you want to delete a message you input the letter "d" followed by "enter" (or in the case of speech rock phone will ask "are you sure?" and you can say "yes" or "confirm" or "make it so" or whatever other cute thing you like). Contexts available are: Settings, Phone, Contacts, Mail (email), Calendar, Camera, Photos, Web Browser, Clock, Notes, Maps, Wallet, Apps/Commands Install/Uninstall, Music, Help, Widgets (weather, agentda, suggestions), Notifications (calls, texts, emails, etc), Chat (slack, irc, facebook messenger?), Search (to search all your rock phone contents), Timer/Alarm, Calculator.

Commands in all Contexts

Note that this is intended to be a slightly funny and imprecise introduction to what the standard unix editor, ed(1), provides. The rock phone will work much like ed does in most contexts but will also respond to full word commands and custom word commands to make it easier to interact with by speaking. The ed(1) style of single letter commands is particularly well suited to interaction with morse code.