Punch

Walkie-talkie messenger. Lock-screen version in Beta

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Chris York
Chris York@chriswinsatlife · Founder, Cognitive
The lock screen interaction is legitimately brilliant and would be a game changer. Really clever design.
Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen@jshchnz · Co-Founder, ThnkDev
Is the lockscreen interaction you posted in the videos actually possible in iOS?
alessandro berio
alessandro berioMaker@berio · Founder & Lead Designer, Thinkr
@jshchnz Yes. Although, I don't think anybody has taken it this far. We use the lock screen music player as the interface. Photos and videos load up as if they were album cover art.
Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen@jshchnz · Co-Founder, ThnkDev
@berio Hmm, interesting. I wonder if that abides by Apple's guidelines... any ideas?
alessandro berio
alessandro berioMaker@berio · Founder & Lead Designer, Thinkr
@jshchnz not sure. We're not using private API's though.
Shane Walker
Shane WalkerHunter@shane_112 · CEO of me.me
A Brazilian entrepreneur and team; it was legitimately the first app I'd seen that used itunes to create a unique walkie-talkie experience on iPhones.
alessandro berio
alessandro berioMaker@berio · Founder & Lead Designer, Thinkr
@shane_112 thanks so much Shane for posting this! Really appreciate it.
alessandro berio
alessandro berioMaker@berio · Founder & Lead Designer, Thinkr
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Services for startups
@bario tell us about Punch :) What is the big draw with these new walkie-talkie messenger apps?
alessandro berio
alessandro berioMaker@berio · Founder & Lead Designer, Thinkr
@bentossell Hey Ben, so the idea behind Punch was to make it the fastest possible messaging experience. It came about after my mom was in car accident with a teenager who was texting while driving. So, we are experimenting with a feature that allows you to walkie-talkie without unlocking your iPhone. Beyond that, we have some cool features. It's the first walkie-talkie app that plays audio through even if the app is not running in the background. It also has a Drive Mode, so your text message notifications are read out loud to you. Our emojis also make sounds... ;) I think walkie-talkies are an interesting space because they provide unique use cases that traditional messengers aren't tackling.