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Developers From Google And MIT Speed Up File Syncing

A Google researcher and an MIT computer science grad student are working together to develop new software that will make it easier to move data between smartphones and PCs, a new report revealed.

The software, dubbed Deep Shot, was demonstrated at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held last month. It takes advantage of the way that web applications use the URI (Universal Resource Identifier) to describe their state at any given point.

“Deep Shot software installed on any device involved works with the smartphone camera to pull data – such as directions on Google Maps – into a smartphone by taking a picture of the open computer screen, or to push data from the phone to a PC,“ explains Bob Brown on PC World (opens in new tab).

Discussing the product he co-developed with Google’s Yang Li, MIT graduate student Tsung-Hsiang Chang claimed that Deep Shot makes it easier to transfer data between devices, especially when you just need to move a few files relatively quickly.

"People are used to using heavy tools to transfer data or synchronize two devices," said Chang.

“You have to plug in a USB cable and maybe open iTunes and synchronize a bunch of data at the same time. But sometimes you just want to send a tiny bit of information."