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Google has rolled out an experimental Chrome extension for PCs that lets users to share URLs between computers over audio. It works with PCs in the same room, and over voice and video chats in Hangouts.
Regarding this technology, the Google Research blog post cited, “Tone grew out of the idea that while digital communication methods like email and chat have made it infinitely easier, cheaper, and faster to share things with people across the globe, they’ve actually made it more complicated to share things with the people standing right next to you. Tone aims to make sharing digital things with nearby people as easy as talking to them.”
To start sharing URLs, users need to install the Google Tone extension, sign into their Google account, and then open a tab in the Chrome browser of the link to be shared. After making sure that their speaker volume is at an audible level, users can click the blue Tone button on the right of the omni bar to play out a sound sequence. Machines in range with the microphones that also have the Google Tone extension installed will then receive a browser notification along with the sender’s Google Profile picture and name, which if clicked will take users to the URL shared in a new tab.
The current experimental version of the extension works between between two Window Laptops.