|Share your clipboard contents with the world.|
ClipIt! Is a downloadable networked application that provides an ambient connection to other people’s desktops by distributing the contents of each users clipboard. The project works as an automatic Post-It or sticky note that is meant to allow people to catch a glimpse of the activity on other people’s machines.
Copy and paste are ubiquitous elements of the modern computer GUI interface. They are both infinitely useful for working with computers and are integral elements to all computers across all platforms. Our use of these functions is so natural that we even forget we use them and without them our methods of computer interaction would change dramatically.
ClipIt! centers on this background activity of copy and paste. Specifically, it looks at how we use, collect, distribute, and disseminate information. Instead of using foreground applications like Instant Messengers and email, where you have to actively connect to people, ClipIt! is deliberately intended for background use. When multiple users are connected, their clipboards are uploaded and shared with each other, thus providing an ambient link and direct window into someone else’s activities.
The project allows people to be aware of each other’s computer usage and to “get a feel” for what they are working on or thinking about in real-time. ClipIt! follows in the footsteps of programs like Deskswap, an application that allows you to share screenshots of desktops with other people, but is more interested in sharing the low-bandwidth information of everyday interaction.