Throw Your Smartphone for Points with 'S.M.T.H.' Game App
Whoever throws highest — and safely catches — wins.
CREDIT: Carrot Pop
Today in weird tech, a new mobile game for Android asks you to throw your phone as high as you can into the air.
The game's called "S.M.T.H.," for "Send Me to Heaven." And the whole game is just that: throw the phone as high as you possibly can. Using the Android phone's built-in accelerometer, the game will then tell you how far your phone traveled and invite you to share your score.
Before you do, however, you'll have to agree to a disclaimer stating that Carrot Pop, the makers of "S.M.T.H." and two other free Android games, are not liable for damages to your phone and/or any surrounding people.
Well, if you’re due for an upgrade anyway...
"S.M.T.H." was originally submitted for approval on the Apple App store and was rejected, reports Droidgamers. But the Google Play store has always been more accepting of mobile apps, no matter how dumb and potentially harmful they are, which is why you can get "S.M.T.H." on Android for free.
The app only measures vertical distance traveled, not horizontal. And it bases its score on whichever direction, up or down, crossed the longest distance: I tried dropping the phone from a height as well as throwing it from the ground and catching it at its peak, and both resulted in fairly accurate measurements.
So my theory — and no, I haven't actually tried this — is that you don’t need a strong arm to get a high score on "S.M.T.H." All you need is roof access and a way to ensure the phone works just long enough after impact to share your score.
If you enable GPS on your phone you can compete to get on your local leaderboard. And if you’ve really got a world-class throwing arm and/or a really tall building handy, you can try to get onto the worldwide top ten.
At time of writing, the world top score is 6.52 meters. That’s 21.4 feet. Can you beat that score? Do you want to beat it? These are just some of the tough questions that "S.M.T.H." asks of you.