Google Tone extension for Chrome will let users share a URL instantly with another computer based on a beep tone emitted by one computer.
So how does Google Tone work? Tone is an extension for Chrome and once users install it from the Chrome Web app store, the blue tone button will appear next to each tab. Users then just have to click on the blue button, making sure that their computer’s speakers are on full volume and another computer in the vicinity will pick up the sound and the URL will be displayed on other user’s Chrome browser.
The user who receives the link will then have an option of clicking that URL to open it. In short, Google Tone broadcasts a URL to any other machine within range. Of course, the other machine needs to have the Tone extension on it to ensure that the sound is picked up.
According to an official Google blogpost “Tone grew out of the idea that while digital communication methods like email and chat have made it infinitely easier, cheaper, and faster to share things with people across the globe, they’ve actually made it more complicated to share things with the people standing right next to you.”
The post reads, “Tone aims to make sharing digital things with nearby people as easy as talking to them.”
The blogpost adds that while the first version resulted in some fun at Google, they have found themselves “using it to share documents with everyone in a meeting quickly, to exchange design files back and forth while collaborating on UI design,” etc.
Users should note that Tone is based on audio and that the speaker volume, mic sensitivity, will all impact Tone’s reliability. To add Tone to your Chrome Browser, please click here.
Watch video below: (App users click here for video)
We tried out tone in our office and while it worked the first time, the second time the URLs didn’t get shared. Either way, this looks like a fun way for a lot of people to spend their Thursdays in office.