Morse SMS

I think there should be an app for creating and sending SMSs on an iPhone using Morse code so that they will still be text when the other person gets them.

Someone should clasp this Morse idea to their bosom and make the app.

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12 Responses to Morse SMS

  1. Dominic says:

    I have no doubt this is a brilliant suggestion even though I haven’t got the foggiest idea what it is for :-)

  2. Ed Casey says:

    Father:
    This is possible – but not with the iPhone 2.x sw as far as I can see. However, in the 3.0 version, I beleive the framework will be in place to use SMS from an App and accomplish what you’re looking for, albeit, for a ratehr small audience, one thinks.

  3. Rompicollo says:

    I’d right it for you but the iPhone SDK seems to require that I have Mac OSX (it’s all setup for XCode).

    Are you saying that you want to be able to write a message and then have it send a sound clip of the morse code to the other phone and decode it?

  4. DarkKnight says:

    How about a split screen with semaphor flags, too?

    Or the screen could shift between dark gray and white so one could simply hold up the divice and send a message using it as a signal lamp.

  5. J. Hamilton Beamish says:

    Sending it as Morse code? I’m not sure how you’d do that…flashing the screen back-light or using audible beeps?

    Creating messages using Morse code would definitely be useful. The iPhone ought to have a Morse code text entry system as an alternative to the on-screen keyboard, would be superfluous if one could simply tap in the Morse codes. Higher learning curve though.

  6. Fr. "Paul" says:

    -.– — ..- — . .- -. .-.. .. -.- . – …. .. … ..–..

  7. Fr. "Paul" says:

    Sorry, that looks like it got kind of scrambled. The second letter should be three dashes.

  8. Dino says:

    What is SMS? My new phone has it, even says I have a message on it, but no instruction on its use.

  9. Fr. Paul:

    -.– . … -… ..- – .. .– .- -. – – — -… . .- -… .-.. . – — – .- .–. .. -. — — .-. … . — -. – …. . .. .–. …. — -. . .- -. -.. – …. .- – .– .. .-.. .-.. -.-. .-. . .- – . -. — .-. — .- .-.. … — … — . … … .- –. . …

  10. J. Hamilton Beamish says:

    This comment system was obviously not devised with Morse Code in mind, it takes two consecutive dashes and turns them into em dashes, and whats more it removes the spaces that might have been around any em dashes it creates. Cleaning up the Morse to what makes sense in English yields:
    –.—- —— ..– —-. .– –. .–.. .. –.– . — …. .. … ..—-..

    YOU MEAN LIKE THIS?

    –.—- . … –… ..– — .. .—- .– –. — — —— — .– .—-. .. –. —- —— .–. … . —— –. — …. . ..
    .—-. …. —— –. . .– –. –.. — …. .– — .—- .. .–.. .–.. –.–. .–. . .– — . –. —— .–. —- .–
    .–.. … —- … —- . … … .– —-. . …

    YES BUT I WANT TO TAP INTO RSE ON THE IPHONE AND THAT WILL CREATE NORMAL SMS MESSAGES

    My question is: what is RSE?

  11. J. Hamilton Beamish says:

    Never mind. Not “tap into RSE”. It’s obviously “tap in Morse”.

    I would love this as well by the way. I can do it in RockBox (http://www.rockbox.org) running on my old iPod, and it’s brilliant. The only thing is that for spaces in RockBox you have to tap 7 dits. This is not ideal if I were to want to tap a whole message out. Ideally this would replace the keyboard though, and I’m not sure if Apple’s API allows 3rd party apps to do that. I suppose 3rd party apps _can_ send SMS messages though? Certainly, it’s an interesting idea and a valid concept.