I'm pleased to announce iGlance
, my long-time labor of love video/voice/file/screen-sharing application. Check out www.iglance.com
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I built iGlance to "scratch the proverbial itch". The concept first came to me when I bought a Sony Picturebook which had a cool camera built in that I never, ever used. Then, as I was doing some travelling, I realized that something like iGlance would be incredibly useful for staying touch and remaining productive as a telecommuter. After all, the internet works everywhere, why can't I? It started to get serious when I figured out how to make it work in the real world, and the last piece fell into place while reading a and finally getting a clear vision in my head. A month later I had a tech demo, in six a prototype, and now fourteen months and 2300 hours into it, I'm writing these words.
Basically iGlance tries to recreate the advantages of "being there", but remotely, over the internet. In essence I asked "What's so great about being physically present? Well, I can see you, I can talk to you, I can see your computer, I can use your computer... Heck, I can do all that online!" With iGlance, you can continue using the same "social tools" you've refined for when physically present, but from any internet connection. Peeking over a cubical wall is replaced with glancing at your buddy list. Yelling across the room is push-to-talk. Screen sharing is asking you to sit at my keyboard. Everything is oriented around this central metaphor.
So give iGlance a shot and break free from the tight leash of the physical world. I've got some favorite spots to work; when you find yours, let me know.
Don't settle for a phone call. Just be there, from anywhere.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Ok, so I blew away the old blog because it was so boring, I feel asleep writing it. Let's try this thing again.