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Daniel Tyreus@tyreus · CTO, Peck, Inc.
While I'm here, inspired by the Uber integration, I was thinking we'd accept requests for a few hours. If you know of a public API you'd like to see as a custom Peckable, reply to this and we'll try to make it happen!
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Narendra Rocherolle
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@narendra · CEO, Peck, Inc.
We are over the moon to finally have Peck out in the wild and on Product Hunt. Our proposition is pretty simple: we want you to use your phone less and get more out of it. Our solution is quick access to tiny bits of information with taps called pecks. Peck a little for the most important piece of contextual information, peck a lot for more. Our dream is to make ever person, place, and thing peckable. We believe that micro-apps are going to help re-organize and prioritize all the data out there. The Peck app is our first step. Something simple and useful to get at important bits of data. We are working on a designer tool that makes building simple peckables trivial. After that, we’ll open up a full developer portal to let people build all sorts of useful services in just minutes. I’m Narendra and have been hacking at the Web since 1994 and have lots of stories. Reply here to ask me anything about Peck (or anything else tech/product!)
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@narendra I remember when you first pitched me on this idea! Glad to see it launch! What've you learned and innovated on from that first inception until now? What do people find interesting and compelling — or better, confusing — about what you're trying to do? When do they get the "ah ha!" moment?
Narendra Rocherolle
Maker
@narendra · CEO, Peck, Inc.
@chrismessina I think the most important part of this process has been relentless cutting of features, ideas, and use cases to get to something clean and wide open with potential (i.e. like early twitter). I wanted the initial app to have some habitual use out of the gate and it is great for that if you enable your calendar and health (like a simple Fitbit). We spent a lot of time trying to make Peck something handy for a morning ritual and possibly an afternoon or travel checkin. We dialed back the haptic interface for peck intensity to just low and high. That was important. Embedded in the app are the seeds of a lot of things that have huge potential at scale: pecking back and forth with friends, endorsing peckables as a means of social discovery and filtering places/restaurants you might want to visit, and the foundation for the platform. We just finished a simple in-house design tool that allows for rapid creation and deployment of peckable micro-apps so yesterday we were able to roll out all NFL and MLB teams in less than an hour. Lots of stuff coming. I want to peck Uber and know how many vehicles are nearby and approximate wait time and then take the next step to request a car!
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@narendra totally! Can you build it in an hour? developers.uber.com
Daniel Tyreus
Maker
@tyreus · CTO, Peck, Inc.
@chrismessina I just glanced at the API and I think we can accept that challenge! I have to run out for a bit, but I'll start as soon as I get back. I'll post a screenshot.
Narendra Rocherolle
Maker
@narendra · CEO, Peck, Inc.
@chrismessina done. search uber! screenshot here -- https://twitter.com/narendra/sta...
lbrkr@lbrkr
To save people time : it's US only
Daniel Tyreus
Maker
@tyreus · CTO, Peck, Inc.
@lbrkr Thanks for pointing that out. Yes, we did decide to focus on the US initially, just from a practical point of view. Peck processes a fair amount of incoming data like weather forecasts and distances. Our current implementation does allow you to choose the output units, so we suspected non-American users would get frustrated at seeing Fahrenheit and miles. Also, all the initial content we loaded is in English. We have every intention to support the rest of the world in the not too distant future!
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I downloaded Peck last week after @om tweeted about it. To be honest, the UX was confusing to me. I signed up without really understanding what it does. I'm still a bit confused but apps that baffle me are sometimes the most interesting to explore. 😊
Narendra Rocherolle
Maker
@narendra · CEO, Peck, Inc.
@rrhoover Thank you for trying it out. Our origin story is a bit longer but basically people open and close apps to get little pieces of information and that is wildly inefficient. You don't need an app for everything. The mobile web is pretty clunky. And conversational UI makes you type more not less. So Peck is a simple haptic interface to let you tap on people, places, and things. We started with the Green Bird as a way to get some habitual info and decided a "disposable" stream made the most sense. So when you tap on things responses flow into your stream. Some responses may have embedded actions if you tap on them (like Sharing, Viewing, etc.). And most things that you Peck will also come back with some more peckables so there is semantic/contextual discovery happening. At scale with our open platform, things get very exciting. 🐦
Josh Elman@joshelman · Partner, Greylock
@rrhoover just peck away Ryan and the many secrets are revealed
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@narendra I'm one of those incessant app switchers. I'll peck more!
David Feng@davidsfeng · Co-Founder at Reamaze
@rrhoover @om I'm having the same experience :P I guess I don't know what to expect so every peck is a little bit confusing. I assume I need to connect more things (apps)?
@davidsfeng it becomes valuable when you create your own set of sources and a tight little network. Hopefully you will follow some of your friends and share your thoughts there after!
Andrew Courter@covrter · Highly
I love the idea of getting one aggregated, on-demand, disposable feed that suits me in the moment. Pulling a news feed out of the air rather than having 10 apps push at me. Stoked for the launch — congrats @narendra, Daniel & Jimmy!
Abdur Chowdhury@abdur · CEO, pushd Inc.
Exciting to see it finally out in the wild.