15 FEB

‘Bump’ for iPhone Can Now Send Files to Computers

by Marianne Schultz

Bump, the popular file-sharing app that debuted in the App Store in 2010, has been updated with a new feature that allows you to send files on your iPhone to any computer. To send files to a computer, you simply need to tap the space bar on the computer with your iPhone while the computer’s web browser is pointed to http://bu.mp.

Bump Technologies has created a demo video showing how this works:

If you’ve never used Bump before it can seem pretty magical. How on earth can you send files to another iPhone or computer without a direct connection via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth? Bump Technologies uses the information from the sensors in your iPhone along with a fancy algorithm in their cloud servers to match up bumps between devices around the world to transfer files. Here’s the official FAQ answer on how it all works from the Bump Technologies site:

There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart matching algorithm running on our servers in the cloud. 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 matching algorithm listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. Then we just route information between the two phones in each pair.

I’ve had Bump on my iPhone since it was released but I have to admit that I’ve never had an opportunity to use it in real life. I’m sure I know people who own iPhones and have the app as well but I default to sending photos or other files via email or SMS/MMS rather than going through the “Do you have the Bump app installed?” dance with them. I’m not sure if this new feature to send files to a computer will change my behavior and prompt me to actually use Bump outside of testing for work but it’s a cool addition nonetheless.

Bump is free to download and requires iOS 4.3 or higher on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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2 Comments

  1. Adams Immersive

    I’ve seen people using the bump feature with a couple of Mac Pro towers. Took a lot of muscle and made a pretty awful noise, but what a great, quick way to swap some data!

  2. Ota Cervenka

    As soon as I read the above comment, I actually pictured the situation. What a silly mistake to make (while commuting, next to important-acting snobs, in the silent section of the train). My imagination is quite vivid. Unfortunately … too vivid. I did something one could only describe as a vocal smirk. You know, that strange swallowed sound you make when you don’t really plan on making any sound.

    Adams Immersive, thank you. I’m now most likely considered significantly more crazy than I actually am. At least in the eyes of those fellow commuters I’ll be avoiding from now on (as much as they’ll be avoiding me). Thank you VERY MUCH!

    :-)

    Oh, Marianne, thanks for this tip. I’ll update my bump ASAP.

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