Amnesia Razorfish: A Whole New Meaning to Drag and Drop

| January 26, 2011 | Reply

Brace yourselves. Are you sitting down? I’m glad I was when I saw this–because I was amazed…and I want one of these…NOW! The Amnesia Razorfish is a surface like no other. Using this, you can move content from one phone or tablet to another. What’s really neat is once you drag it over, you can preview it immediately. Watching the video, it all appears to happen like magic, but it’s apparently just a parallel Tcp- and Udp-Socket connection that makes it all happen. The devices need only join the WiFi network, and in what seems like an instant, they’ve been moved. Say goodbye to copy and paste and moving files with your USB cable. No more emailing files to yourself and others. So, you’ve read the good news. The bad news is, this is only available for iOS users at the moment. But, Amnesia Connect is working on making this for Android, Blackberry, and Windows users. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

It’s practicality may be a bit questionable until folks actually start using Surfaces in their homes, but Amnesia Razorfish has now produced a rather unique way to share content between your smartphone and Microsoft’s would-be household device. The basic idea is fairly simple: just place your smartphone (or tablet) on the Surface, and then simply drag photos and other documents directly onto the device (where you can also, incidentally, preview them instantly). Exactly how that’s done isn’t clear, but the company says the so-called “Connect” system “utilizes a range of technologies including WiFi, Bluetooth, proximity detection, unique ID and phone accelerometer, depending on the type of phone and location.” Somewhat ironically, the system only works with iOS devices at the moment, but Amnesia Razorfish says it’s hard at work on bringing it to Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry as well. Head on past the break for the video.

Update: The lead developer on Amnesia Connect just chimed in to let us know that the system doesn’t actually use Bluetooth, and that it relies on a parallel Tcp- and Udp-Socket connection to get the screen syncing “as close as possible to realtime.” Any devices simply need to join the open WiFi network created by the Surface and then launch the app.

Source: Engadget

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