I’ve been reading a lot about the new Tone extension for Google Chrome so I had to check it out.
The premise is that the extension, when installed, will send a URL from one computer using Google Chrome to another via sound.
Now, the concept of transferring via sound isn’t new for us long timers. If you’ve ever connected to another source via modem you’ve done it. Who hasn’t picked up the phone line only to hear the sounds of two modems communicating? NO CARRIER Or, a fax machine?
This extension gets rid of the wires! It uses your computer’s microphone to head what another computer is sending. The extension descriptor gives you all kinds of caveats about situations where it wouldn’t work – noisy rooms, distance, etc. That only makes sense.
So, I had to try it out here at the labs, er, reclining chair. Proof of concept confirmed!
Now, there are the sort of issues that you need to be aware. The extension doesn’t ask for permission to use your microphone; it just does it. So, you should have a bit of concern of what else the extension is listening to! In terms of public etiquette, a certain volume is required in order for the transfer to be successful. Hopefully, that won’t destroy the ambience of a conversation at a coffee shop with people sharing URLs!
The bottom line here is that the innovation world is all right. Good people thinking about new ways to push technology.