SXSW Startup: Switchboard Is Your Personal Intercom System and More
It most office settings there is some kind of messaging app that coworkers are using to communicate. On the surface they seem great, you can type messages back and forth, collaborate, send files and other things, quite efficiently.
There can be downsides to text based platforms as well. With text based messaging you can’t hear the inflection in people’s voices. A joke may have been taken literally, purely by accident. Text messaging platforms seem less personal. Sometimes you want to quickly use your voice to communicate.
A Canadian startup called Switchboard is making that happen.
Switchboard is an intercom system for the mobile generation. Switchboard allows coworkers, friends, family members and loved ones to communicate using their voices without having to dial numbers, connect calls or push to talk. Just speak and the person you want to talk to is there, or an entire group can be there as well.
Switchboard is perfect for the busy office regardless of whether you work in cubicles, coworking hot desks or traditional office spaces. Your entire team can be working on their computers and listening to music, and when you want to quickly speak to someone you just talk. It’s truly that simple.
With Switchboard you can communicate spontaneously like you’re in the same room. You can talk instead of typing or sending texts back and forth using their always on, voice over IP network.
Speaking of voice, Switchboard is voice activated as well. You can tell Switchboard to “switch on” and all of your colleagues and Switchboard contacts can find you. You can tell Switchboard to mute individual people, even your husband, directly through your headphones or Airpods. You can even keep your music on and still speak to your Switchboard contacts.
Switchboard also offers voice controlled audio features that help you stay safe. You can control ambient audio outdoors to hear cars, sirens and other important noises. When you’re jogging or riding your bike, you can stay focused and take control with your voice.
Switchboard is the future of communication, and it’s available now.
Switchboard is a top 50 finalist in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator. You can check them out during the Accelerator demo day at SXSW Interactive in Austin, March 12th. You can also find out more information at switchboardaudio.com