So, DROPBOX (one of the more popular cloud storage services out there) have released a new app called Carousel. Designed to store & manage your photos in a more intuitive & beautiful way than, say, IOS photos or Google Drive, it sets itself up as a repository for ALL your photos as opposed to just those you currently have on your device.
The interface is certainly pretty, I positively love the timeline scroller at the foot of the screen, and the concept of each event showing only a few photos so that I don’t have to scroll through the hundreds my wife invariably takes each time she gets her cameraphone out, is a great (if not new) one.
There’s also a couple of interesting back-end tricks that Dropbox have employed to make this app stand out from the already very crowded crowd. Apparently the app saves multiple thumbnails for each photo at varying resolutions and uses them depending on how fast you’re scrolling through your collection. If you flick through fast, the app displays the lower res versions so the experience is smoother. That in itself is a great perceptive trick.
There is also a quirky ‘Smile Score’ a simple feature that lifts the app from a basic photo viewer to something more meaningful. The app scans every photograph in your collection for human faces and assigns each picture a smile score. The one with the highest ranking for a given event is displayed with a double-size thumbnail, serving as a sort of hero shot for that subset of pics.
It’s an exciting concept at least. Technology often works best when it can evoke an emotion within us. What Carousel is setting out to do is to evoke a positive response within us. Make the experience feel more… real.
So, does it? Time will tell I guess.