Pling was one of DE-DE's more complex products from a technical perspective, involving fast voice communication using an audio platform that powered an iOS app, an OSX app and an embeddable offering on websites without an app.
What it is:
Pling is a push-to-talk voice messenger that helps individuals and groups communicate quickly and naturally. Pling combines the brevity and speed of a text message with the personality and nuance of voice.
How it works:
The app works with a simple “push to talk” mechanism allowing for very fast recording and sending of messages that get straight to the point. The app can sync with your contacts or company directory. If a recipient has Pling, they’ll receive a notification. If not, they’ll get an email or SMS with the audio message.
What the benefits are:
Pling brings back nuance to communications and allows for more accurate, efficient and natural communications. For the modern work force, Pling helps connect distributed team members over distance, reduce emails and meetings, and strengthen client relationships. For individuals, Pling makes social conversation and planning simpler and with more personality.
I led the initial concept ideation of this product with Prehype and led the development of version 1.0 inside DE-DE with my partner Robert Spychala.