This post originally appeared in our Managing Partner’s personal tech blog, techadok.wordpress.com. Klieg is Numlock’s newest app and is available for download on the App Store.
No, I wasn’t bathed in cosmic rays nor have I acquired a cloak that allows me to hide from Death itself. Rather, the latest app I developed for Numlock, Klieg, has an “invisible” user interface. Basically, Klieg allows you to take photos & create a video from these photos. You can also choose among several filters to apply to the video, and share this video on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail or the Photos app.
To demonstrate this invisibility, here’s what you see when you want to take photos:
So, how do you take a photo then? You simply tap anywhere on the screen, and the photo gets added to your queue.
Simple, right? For first time users, I’ve also included a series of help screens which explains the additional gestures you can use to access options for the different screens, like enabling burst mode (two finger tap) or changing the frame rate (two finger drag). To access the help screens again, just do a long press.
Since Klieg uses common gestures known by most iOS users, I don’t see the need to add buttons to the user interface. However, here lies the greatest challenge in my experiment. For users who usually skip tutorials in apps (you know who you are!), they wouldn’t know how to use the app unless they start tapping or swiping randomly. I’m still not satisfied with the way the help screens present the info users need to know, so I’ll definitely be adding this to my Klieg future improvements list.
In the meantime, feel free to download Klieg from the App Store. Please let me know if my experiment is a resounding success or a dramatic failure (or, more likely, somewhere in between) .
P.S. We’ll be adding new features to Klieg soon, so watch this space!