Kelly Fitzsimmons

Do You See What I See? SeeMail Brings Hypervoice to Life

What does Hypervoice look like?  How does it make you feel?  While enterprise and B2B applications were the first examples cited, consumer Hypervoice applications are rapidly emerging. 

Case in point, check out SeeMail - a mobile app that adds voice to the photo sharing experience.  SeeMail was the first to combine photos and audio in this unique and profound way. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with SeeMail’s Founder & CEO, Ward Chandler, to hear what inspired him to view voice in this novel, intimate way. 

KF: What inspired you to found SeeMail?

WC:  I'd been thinking about some new type of "visual voicemail" hybrid for a long time - I registered the domain way back in 1998.  When I started looking through old family photos and started reading the stories that my dad had written on the back, it hit me - create a mobile photo sharing app where people can share the story behind the photo in their own words.

KF: Wow, that’s an early insight - 1998 was long before Instagram was a household name.

KF:  How have people responded to the app thus far? 

WC: "This is fantastic - why didn't someone do this before?!" 

SeeMail has been in the market for over a year now. Since SeeMail can be shared privately between friends or family, people love the personal, intimate aspect of the app.

KF: What is the driver behind SeeMail’s early success?

WC:  It’s a much more intimate experience to hear the person's voice or the sounds around them. You know that they are thinking of you and want to share that moment specifically with you.   

KF: How does the Hypervoice model intersect with your vision for SeeMail?

WC:  The concept of Hypervoice is very much aligned with the fundamental premise of SeeMail.  I believe that over the last 30 years the telephone has turned into a typewriter, and it's time to turn it back into a device that we talk on instead of type on.  We have the technology now to recognize and convert voice to text. And we can capture and catalog conversations and make them searchable.  That technology gives us the best of both worlds – the searchable, retrievable benefits of text and the personal, emotional communication that only the human voice can relay.  

I expect that in 10 years we will look back at all this texting and emailing and laugh.   

KF:  I hope we don’t have to wait 10 years! Thank you for being such an early visionary and pioneer, Ward.