A New iOS App Lets You Send Pictures via Sound!

A New iOS App Lets You Send Pictures via Sound!

It’s not often that a jaded veteran like me falls in love with an app. But it happened this week with a new app called Chirp. It’s based on one of those rare technologies like HTTP or XML that at first seems trifling, but ends up changing everything.

To oversimplify, Chirp uses sound to transmit words, pictures and URLs from one phone to another.

It’s called Chirp, because its data transmission sounds like a robotic bird.

First, I’ll tell you how Chirp works. Then I’ll tell you why I think this bird has wings and could change how we all share data.

Read the column and get the app here.

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  • Paul Lloyd Johnson

    Rather than bitching about the leather in Calendar, why didn’t you cover this instead? I mean this was announced LAST WEEK after all.

  • JustinBiebe1512

    Typical Modem technology, so what? We use it 10 years ago. Than was invented more powerful technologies like wi-fi, bluetooth. Nothing special at all.

  • mr_bee

    Seems more like an impractical gimmick than the next great thing.

    A bunch of people are sitting together in a public place and one takes a picture. Instead of just sending it to the next person or leaning over and showing it to them on their phone, they get their phone to make a screeching modem noise like form the early 90′s which sends the picture to an unknown third party service, then their phone makes a second piercing shriek which sends out the URL of the photo to everyone within earshot. So everyone else has to pull out their phone and go to that website to see the picture (including half the bar full of people you don’t even know).

    Now imagine that it catches on and everyone in the bar is making these screeching modem sounds.

    How incredibly stupid and useless.

    But then CultofMac wouldn’t be the same without Mike Elgan weaving his poorly written illogical nonsense “articles.”

    Remember kids, he hasn’t been right once yet!

  • Brianna Wu

    But then CultofMac wouldn’t be the same without Mike Elgan weaving his poorly written illogical nonsense “articles.”

    Remember kids, he hasn’t been right once yet!

    I think that’s needlessly and obnoxiously pejorative. He’s written one or two articles I really thought were off-base, but that happens with any writer. He’s also written some really excellent ones.

    In any case, this looks like an interesting technology, and I appreciate the share. Is it a long-term solution? No, I doubt it. But, he’s right about it correcting some of the failings of Color.

  • Th3_1d

    Seems more like an impractical gimmick than the next great thing.

    A bunch of people are sitting together in a public place and one takes a picture. Instead of just sending it to the next person or leaning over and showing it to them on their phone, they get their phone to make a screeching modem noise like form the early 90′s which sends the picture to an unknown third party service, then their phone makes a second piercing shriek which sends out the URL of the photo to everyone within earshot. So everyone else has to pull out their phone and go to that website to see the picture (including half the bar full of people you don’t even know).

    I agree that privacy might be a concern, it might be possible to encode some sort of friend system but that would have to be serverside and more data storage costs would make it impracticable to be a free app. As far as the current app goes, I love the idea. This seems like a feasible way to transmit data without connection to wifi. Not really new technology, but something to keep an eye on.

    On an unrelated note, why is everyone always bitching on this website. Not a single “good idea” or “I’ll give it a shot” just a lot of people whining about how stupid and outdated it is, and one person whining that the article was written this week instead of last. Let me be the first to say thank you for the article Mike, you have given me a lot to ponder.

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