Google has been building out new ways of sharing data, and authenticating with various methods, including audio. Google has today launched a new experimental Chrome extension which will let you share URLs between computers.
Let’s just preface this announcement by reminding you we’re well and truly out of range of April Fools day.
Called Google Tone, the extension is fairly simple in scope and function – it simply shares the URL you want to any computer in range with the extension installed using a series of beeps.
How does it work?
Google Tone turns on your computer’s microphone (while the extension is on). Google Tone temporarily stores a URL on Google’s servers and uses your computer’s speakers and microphone to send it to nearby computers connected to the Internet. Any computer within earshot that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned on can receive a Google Tone notification. The notification will display the URL along with your Google Profile name and picture.
To receive a URL with Google Tone, Chrome needs to keep your microphone on. Google Tone may not work in loud spaces, over a distance, with a poor Internet connection, or on computers without a microphone or with a microphone incapable of detecting sound broadcast by Google Tone.
If you want to try it out – in a quiet room obviously – then install the extension from the Chrome webstore and try it out now.