There I was on Thursday listening to Leo Laporte's podcast that I had downloaded on my iPhone. One of his guests was talking about a new app called Chirp. It's an app that transfers photos and some types of data by sound from one iOS device to another.
"But I can do that through iMessage or by e-mail" I hear you say....and you are right.
Postulate this though...you are in a room with a 10 people. You open up Chirp, choose a photo and press a button. The app creates a bird chirp sound and anyone in the room with Chirp open, will in a matter of a few seconds have the photo on their phone. Or, how about if you are on the phone with your parents and you want to send them a photo of your new puppy. You just open Chirp, choose the photo and hold your iPhone near the handset and the photo will be transferred to your parents iPhone in a few seconds. (I haven't tried it yet to see if it will work totally iPhone to iPhone during a call)
I started by saying that I was listening to a pre recorded podcast when I downloaded Chirp to my iPhone. The guest sent a photo of his dog via the app.....and all of a sudden there the photo was on my iPhone. Everyone listening to the recording was able to receive the photo. I just looked at my phone saying Oh my God, Oh my God over and over.
If someone listens to that recording 20 years from now they will still be able to download that photo. I am still trying to wrap my head around how it does it and how best to use it, but I am still totally wowed by the technology. You will be too.