Grab Magic

by Aral Balkan

Transfer what's on the screen of your television to your phone using just your hand. Just grab it and tap your phone. Read more

Great design empowers, amuses and delights. The best design makes the technology invisible and is indistinguishable from magic. It gives people superpowers. I call this The Superman Effect. This project is a demonstration of The Superman Effect.

Here's how it works:

You're sitting on your couch, watching television. Something interesting comes on and you want to share it with your friends. Sure, you can just tweet about it, but what if you could show them exactly what you're seeing. Sure, you can take a photo of the screen or shoot video of it with your phone, then upload it, then… there's no magic in that.

Instead, imagine this:

You reach out toward your TV with your arm and "grab" what's on the screen by making a grabbing gesture. Now you're holding the image that's screen in your hand. To transfer it to your phone, simply tap the screen. And Boom! It's on your phone and you can share it with your friends.


See the link for a video on YouTube showing the work-in-progress.

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