Thursday, October 15, 2015

Asynchronous, multimedia email

This is actually a very old idea, but it is remarkable we don't see it yet. It would be useful to record video snippets via webcam (or screencapture) and send them in a threadable conversation the same way we do email. Such a tool would also be a useful compliment to video conferencing tools (especially when connectivity makes synchronous sharing impossible).

Why isn't this a thing? With modern speech-to-text, the content would be searchable. Bandwidth isn't really an issue. Is it only reception? Reading a screen is easier (and more socially acceptable) than listening to a series of clips (if you don't have headphones). Is that all?

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