Persistent voice connections run silently in the background so talking becomes super fast, like they're right beside you.
Some say it's like a walkie talkie, or intercom. Others say it's like "Slack for voice".
Call it what you want. It's fast, and it's awesome.
Say things like:
“Hey Switchboard talk to Jim Bob”
“Switch On/Off” (sets availability on intercom)
Keep your headphones in and phone in your pocket!
We are working toward a fully conversational user interface
Voice Messages with Transcripts
Voice messages are automatically transcribed and sent as text.
Having both text and voice means you don’t need to worry about correcting like you do with the mic-input on the keyboard.
Push notifications often cause voice messages to flow naturally into two-way conversations.
Listen to music together like you're in the same place. There are two awesome parts here:
1) Unlike other “listen together” parties, people can actually talk thanks to voice detection and automatic volume adjustment.
2) You can listen to your own music or join friends to listen in sync. Let your friends drop in or start a music group and take turns being the DJ.
Listen to more music at work without cutting off your team mates (or cutting them off selectively ;)
Connect Switchboard channels to Slack channels.
Leave voice messages rather than typing on the go. Transcripts make them easily searchable. So much easier to record that bug or feature idea!
See when people are talking and join instantly.
Connect and monitor channels passively by audio instead of actively looking for text messages.
Video chat with added benefits:
Keep video connections running without the constant noise thanks to voice detection.
Keep your music running and watch the volume auto-adjust when someone starts talking.