You create a book in the app by taking pictures. Add audio to a page.
You can export the book in a .zip file, that you can put on your desktop and view in your browser.
To be honest, de sharing experience sucks (ever tried getting a big .zip file from a mobile phone to a desktop..?), also the browser view doesn't have the flipping pages.
It's a pet project I've often neglected for a couple of years, and then put some extra effort in. But I'm now working on the online part, where you can upload the zip file, and share the book via an URL, and does have the flipping pages.
Would love to get feedback, so if someone wants to try it out, contact me and I can create account for you.
Would be great to make a commercial product out of it, but I used to not have the tech skills, and now pretty much have the skills, but finding the time is the challenge. Also I refuse to add ads :)
You can share a specific recording by creating a link valid for 24 hours, intended for p2p sharing.
We've heard people use this for similar things: teachers teaching kids, journaling, voice memos, tracking investment decisions, recipes etc. Limitation is that there's one photo per recording atm.
Based on past performance that price would probably be even cheaper as the per-GB-month price keeps dropping.
The video would be likely be much smaller than 1 GB so you could instead spend the same money to put it on all three major clouds, AWS, Azure, and Google, storage tiers for the same price.
I’m willing to bet $100 that at least one of them will still be operating a cloud blob store in 50 years.
The combination of Moore's (nee Kryder's) Law and ability to internally invest the principle should make it financially viable to offer such a product.
But the reason to do it would be the branding. AWS is a bedrock of the internet. Some fly by night startup offers a cloud based image editor, but Amazon is the one that guarantees your drawings will outlast them, and you.
Given Bezos' involvement in the 10k year clock project it might be up his alley even if there's not a watertight business case for it.
- Create a site where people can manually upload phone videos of them reading a story to their child.
- Store it in S3 or Glacier
- Have a request access section - basically a contact me form. You will anyways need to verify the individual, so this part can be completely manual.
Why not give it a shot?
I saw this  Chess + video chat project the other day, and drew heavy inspiration from its approach .
Tech stack: Elixir/Phoenix (liveview mostly)
WebRTC code is based off:
I setup a turnserver using https://github.com/coturn/coturn
What do you need help with? Maybe I can help you now.
Followed this tutorial
Feel free to email me - firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly fill you in on all the nitty details around the deployment. It's embarrassingly simple :)
Wishing you best for your app.
After reading this article:
"Kevin and Ryan Sheehan will never know whether their father heard them say goodbye on speaker phone."
My thought was to create a place where you can leave your last message to someone or to the world.
With Covid-19 it's not just getting sick, it's getting sick and then being isolated from your family and loved ones knowing you may never see them again. Then you have the health care workers who are providing life saving care while isolating themselves from their loved ones so as not to risk getting them sick. The closest thing I have experienced to that type of fear is military service, but at least in that case my family and I had time to prepare for it mentally. Luckily I got through that experience okay.
I couldn't imagine being in the situation that these people are in today.
Anyways - I find it kind of hard to put into words how Covid makes me feel
She struggles with video editing software to make videos.
This could help a lot, especially if I could have custom stories.
She could do a story session with my and I would just record the screen.
I was thinking about building something like this over the weekend. You saved me a lot of effort.
I'm willing to self-host / donate some money if that helps with server costs.
Thanks for the offer, but right now I don't see a need for any donations/self hosting. Maybe that will come, but at the moment a relatively small single DO box is handling it pretty well.
Just as a reference, some therapy platforms allow the users to draw on the book, or put stickers and such... and even though this is not full-blown therapeutic, being able to draw (a transparent HTLM canvas on top of the image? websockets communicating x,y?) would add a lot to this, I think.
Thanks for sharing!
As far as open sourcing it goes - I have not made it open source ATM, but it is definitely something I am considering.
One feature request: my Microsoft surface has a front and back camera. For some reason, the app started with the read camera on. Would be nice if there was a way to pick which camera you want, if there are multiple cameras on the device.
Anyways, hope this helps!
I will look at adding that option in the future.
When you say it could be used to help people study for their exams, do you mean in one on one sessions or do you mean group sessions?
I also created a similar tool a few weeks ago available for free as well here https://www.appblit.com/bookcafe
My biggest complaint would be around some latency issues when the connection is bad, but I knew that would be an issue when I chose it. I would definitely choose it again.