DeepShot links smartphones and PC’s even further

by on January 6th, 2011

Developed by a team of computer scientists over at MIT, the DeepShot aims to solve one of the most annoying, and somehow ignored, issues that has risen since the early rise of smartphones, which is the inability to correlate and coordinate active applications and information from PC to phone and viceversa.

From plotting a transport route on a map to searching and saving information on the internet, users will always reach to the computer for ease of access as well as speed. However, when it comes to retrieving that same information on a smartphone, generally we would have to start over,  doubling the time wasted in using one piece of information.

However, with the creation of Deepshot, this process will be significantly simplified. The small piece of software requires installing on both phone and computer, and uses URI (uniform resource identifier) recognition algorithms.

What this means, for all intents and purposes, is that we will be able to search for a location on Google maps, utilizing a mouse and keyboard for faster and more responsive access, take a picture of the computer screen with the phone’s camera, and see the same map indications and information on the phone’s Google map app, without us having to input anything, as the URI transfers app information as well as the specific state of the app.

Moreover, this process works just as well viceversa, with users being able to send information from phones to the PC in the same manner.

Unfortunately, while many common applications contain URI’s, not all are optimized to work with DeepShot, requiring some additional coding. Moreover, this software will most likely be used for websites rather than desktop apps, as broad agreements on interoperability standards across many manufacturers do not come around very often.

Still, this little innovation is only at its infancy. Since the inventors were working for Google at the time, the company owns property over the Deep Shot, which might work to its advantage. It would take a giant corporation, if it finds uses for it, to grow this idea into something that could very well end up being the most useful application since the dawn of smartphones.