Perch—the app my friends and I have been working on for the past 6 months—has finally been released to the app store.
I spent a lot of time thinking through the user experience of our product and while I know there’s still a long way to go, I’m really happy with how far we’ve come. The idea of mounting a separate, dedicated device may seem crazy, but it really does change how you interact with your family throughout the day.
I’m definitely interested in hearing your feedback. Feel free to send me an email if you get a chance to try Perch with your family.
And, if you're a UI designer looking to work with a startup in Vancouver, be sure to check out our job posting.
6 months ago
@Pat Dryburgh - (Taking a look at the website -- not the app in this picture). So you mount a phone on the wall and your daughter comes and the camera motion detects she's there and starts recording for your second iphone that you still have there? (This is a basic users perspective -- they don't get it)
(About the pic above)
The UI of this looks great! the usability of it looks simple! I know you're trying to be unique on your website but I would demonstrate it on your site as it is, a family social network to stay connected and chat and keep the whole family updated,... not as a floating phone on the wall.
Thanks for the feedback, @Ty.
So you mount a phone on the wall and your daughter comes and the camera motion detects she's there and starts recording for your second iphone that you still have there? (This is a basic users perspective -- they don't get it)
The device on the wall (an iPod touch is pictured, but obviously not explicit) is a dedicated device. For the moment, we're encouraging users to mount an old device they're no longer using, and use their day-to-day devices to receive the videos.
I know you're trying to be unique on your website but I would demonstrate it on your site as it is, a family social network to stay connected and chat and keep the whole family updated,... not as a floating phone on the wall.
The core of the Perch experience is a mounted device. The reason for this is that it truly does change how your family communicates with one another. In families who have been testing Perch, we've found that kids use Perch as their primary way to communicate with their parents when the parents aren't home.
I know I need to work on the website to better communicate what Perch does and how the experience should work. Better promoting the benefits of the experience would also be beneficial for the site. I'm going to be taking as much feedback as possible over the next week or so so I can present a better message on the site, so I appreciate that you've taken the time to share yours!
@Pat Dryburgh - You're selecting an more niche market of people just due to the fact that people that have the latest and greatest usually sell or get rid of their devices for the less fortunate. - Mind you I know tons of people that have their old devices, I am just stating, youre depending on people who have an older generation piece of technology (and specifically an apple product)
Also you're only offering half a product, If your objective is to have something "perched" you should be attaching some sort of mounting kit.. and keep in mind that it should be universal as it would have to carry ipads, different generation itouches, iphones etc. Because essentially you're almost turning it into a house appliance accessory.
It's a good concept and I am not one to bash, I am just critical and hope you've done your homework in terms of demographics and such to see if this pans out the way you want. If not.. you may still have a product here, but i personally see it morphing into a fam social network for example "Im out at the mall" , now mom and dad dont need to communicate with you, it's all collaborated.
You're absolutely right: currently, we are going to be in a niche market. The number of users who have old devices, or who would be willing to purchase an iOS device for this sole purpose, is small.
We have a whole section on how users can mount their devices using other companies' products on our site. We don't want to get into the accessory market.
What we do intend to do is build our own hardware.
We built version 1.0 to use an iOS device because it was the most cost-effecient way for us to test our product and get it on the market. However, 1.0 isn't the goal. Our goal is still months and hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars away. This is what we could do with a few hundred thousand, a small team, and 6 months. Our hope is that people use this app as it is and provide feedback on the experience so we can move forward towards our bigger goals.
I hope that explains some of the thinking we went through when working on Perch. In short, we're not done yet!
@Pat Dryburgh I competley understand where you're coming from, I'm just presenting realistic set backs as that's the first thing I do when I join a startup - access all the negative or unlogical or set backs etc, and of course feedback is huge at early stages. On that note: in addition to what I've said before, people don't have land lines anymore, and this is nothing like an automated system where I could see you wanting it on the wall. If I'm doing homework -- am I going to go hmmm I'm going to go downstairs to the kitchen to show daddy what I've done, or would I rather just pick up my phone at the desk beside me and do the same thing.
So once again not trying to bash or steal your thunder or take away dreams as I've been shocked a few times before, but these are vital things you need to consider.
Absolutely there are situations we have yet to consider. As for the example you gave, the app already solves this by allowing you to record videos without having to mount the camera (just hit the record button). So, the user doing homework could just pick up the phone on their desk (though, the vast majority of children do not have their own devices) and send a message.
Our ultimate goal is to totally replace the home phone. In general, people who still have home phones are either: a) older generations who have simply kept it around because they grew up with a land line, and b) people with children who need a way of communicating with them when they aren't home.
Today's Perch does not solve both of these problems. But, it will.
Again, totally appreciate the feedback!
looks cool to me dude.
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