I Can Hear More: Pushing The Limit Of Ultrasound Sensing On Off-the-Shelf Mobile Devices

Yuchi Chen Simon Fraser University, Canada
Wei Gong Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jiangchuan Liu Simon Fraser University, Canada
Yong Cui Tsinghua University, P.R. China


Recent years have seen various acoustic applications on mobile devices, e.g. range finding, gesture recognition, and device-to-device data transport, which use near-ultrasound signals at frequencies around 18-24 kHz. Due to the fixed low sound sample rate and hardware limitation, the highest detectable sound frequency on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile devices is capped at 24 kHz, presenting a daunting barrier that prevents high-frequency ultrasounds from benefiting acoustic applications. To bridge this gap, we present iChemo, a technology that enables COTS mobile devices to sense high-frequency ultrasound signals. Specifically, we demonstrate how to detect the power spectral density (PSD) of a high-frequency ultrasound signal by customizing the coprime sampling algorithm on COTS devices. Through our prototype and evaluation on extensive mobile devices, we demonstrate that iChemo can sense the PSD of ultrasound at frequency of 60 kHz, which is over twice of the current sensible frequency threshold.

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