Chirp is a brand new app, developed by University College London (UCL) explores the concept of using sound to transmit data between phones. In many ways it seems ludicrous that this is such a new innovation given that humans have been communicating via sound for millenia.
Chirp works by associating a short high pitched noise with every photo, url or note which is to be shared. When the app hear’s a chirp it looks up the noise in its database and returns the item that the user wants to share.
So what’s all the excitement about? We love it because of the possibilities of sharing information with a wide range of people at the same time. Imagine a conference speaker playing a “chirp” as part of his talk in order to allow everyone in the room to access some exclusive content simultaneously – or what about the possibilities of using it as part of interactive TV.
It’s important not to get bogged down by the fact that currently you can only send certain data types. It doesn’t take much to imagine a whole host of data being sent including audio files, video and documents.
For more information check out this article on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18927928
Chirp is a free app and is available in the Apple App Store.