1-Hour Photo : Wait & see. Literally.

In today’s world, a picture can be taken, edited, shared, liked, commented or even forgotten in less than one hour. You get an immediate result. This has some positive sides, as you can check your photo and take it again if you’re not satisfied with it. But at the same time, some of us end up taking 12 pictures of a burger, waiting for the perfect one to be uploaded on Instagram.

Be patient …

1-Hour Photo suggests you to wait one hour before being able to see what your snapshot looks like. Nevercenter, the company behind the app, states that by waiting an hour, “each photo becomes a little present to your future self”. It can also be seen as a little present to your past self, that child that couldn’t wait for the pictures he took to be developed.

As explained on the App Store, “It sounds like a bad idea, but you’ll be surprised what it does for your photos”. And it actually works! It’s not just a Placebo effect, pictures DO look better when using the app.
Well, first, waiting is effective. You really look forward to seeing whether it will enhance your picture. Then, when you are able to see the photo you took, the moment captured has already become a memory, which makes you look at it differently: it’s all about that precise moment. Finally, the picture is edited with a deep black and white filter and a film grain, specific to analogue photography.

Here's a picture I took during a concert, using the app

Here’s a picture I took during a concert, using the app

Keep it simple !

The interface is as simple as the concept: a big button in the middle to snap a picture, with the number of photos processing on the left hand side and the number of minutes left until your next photo is ready on the right. The app’s icon also shows you how many photos are being processed via a badge icon.

The app rides on the slow tech movement, which intends to reduce some of the “damaging effects of excessive technologies in human life, primarily through promoting slower or less extreme interactions with certain technologies”. It is actually more than a “hipster app”, because the treatment and the time you wait do improve the picture. And last but not least : you can’t use the front-face camera, so no selfies please !

Problem : the app used to be free but is now worth 0,89€. So Nevercenter is basically gambling on making people pay to wait one hour. Kind of risky …

If you have an iPhone, you can download the app here. It is however not available on Android yet.


Whyd : when community and music Come Together

What about a free social network gathering all the music you can find on different websites such as Youtube or SoundCloud ? Sounds interesting, right ? Well, this is actually a reality. It’s called Whyd, it’s elegant and sophisticated. That may be because it’s French. It’s so French that your default profile picture has a moustache

whyd app

Whyd represents a perfect tool to share with people having the same musical tastes as you and is available on iOS and Desktop. It can be described as the “Pinterest of music”, as you organize your profile by playlists, such as Pinterest’s boards.

A place for all your music

Turning music experience into a social network has some key advantages: once you’ve settled down on Whyd, you’ll begin to discover fresh tunes every day, matching your tastes. This is a good opportunity to find new artists and expand your musical knowledge. It can even become a filter, allowing you to listen to the best tracks selected by your friends and people who share your musical tastes.

« It’s a kind of magic »

The Hot Tracks feature allows you to listen to the most appreciated tracks by the Whyd community, by musical genre. The app has a human-centered approach of music, which reinforces the quality of its service. From a subjective point of view, you’ll find that, for the moment, Whyd users have a very diversified qualitative music culture.

The best solutions are those that can cover a daily need

You know that music-related apps are usually limited by contracts with record companies, which can be frustrating as You Can’t Always Get What You Want. But what differentiates mostly Whyd from Spotify (for example), except from its wider catalogue, is its approach of music. Something that we share. It’s not a music consumption service but a social network built around music. And that makes all the difference as it’s a new way to interact with music. It’s personal and social. Free and with no ads, it also ensures a better listening experience.

Simple – Want to add a track to one of your playlist ? You can use the cross-platform search engine and then tap the + button. It’s that simple.

UX – The app is really easy to use. The main menu is clear (Stream, Profile, Hot Tracks, Notifications and Settings), everything is in its place and the navigation is smooth. Concerning Designit might lack from identity (while the app itself has a strong one) but at least it makes everything quickly understandable.

USP – A really clever way of sharing music (and a slight hipster touch).

The company isn’t talking about any monetization, for the time being, but hints that the logical step after connecting music consumers to each other is to enable them to connect with and “support” the artists they enjoy. – Techcrunch.com

The place for your favorite music !