Idea Flight: The Technical Approach

Introducing Idea Flight for iPad
June 1st, 2011 by Chris Gonzalez, and Juliana Stock
Today is a very exciting day for us. We’re introducing Idea Flight, a new iPad App now available in the Apple App Store. Go check it out!

Idea Flight is a new tool to share ideas, presentations, documents, designs, and whatever else you can think of easily from one iPad to many. It enables one person, whom we call the Pilot, to control the screens of multiple iPads, whom we call the Passengers. It’s a great way to direct the experience of your audience in a whole new way. All you need is the app and a wireless connection to command the iPads and attention of your audience. Check out this video to see how it works:

Idea Flight was developed by a small team of new media professionals within Conde Nast who were facing a need that they saw becoming more common. iPads are amazing for presenting material – designs look gorgeous and you can see every detail of charts and graphs. Plus there’s no need to fiddle with cables/connections or waste reams of paper. The missing pieces though were the ability to control the experience, ways to network as well as a central place to easily save or grab files from anywhere. Ascribing to the old adage, “find a need, fill a need,” Idea Flight was born. Idea Flight really is about changing the dynamics of everyday meetings. Read on to see how…

How it works:

Idea Flight enables one person (the Pilot) to control up to 15 users’ (the Passengers) iPad screens wirelessly during a presentation, requiring only a Wi-Fi connection or Bluetooth and a PDF of the content.
Through Linkedin, Idea Flight enables Pilots and Passengers to see the names, photos, and titles of attendees who are signed in using an easy to access Passenger List.
Pilots and Passengers can also send invitations to each other to “connect” on LinkedIn for follow-up networking.
Pilots can access files using Dropox, iTunes File Sharing, or email.
Pilots can choose leave a virtual leave-behind by emailing Passengers the presentation or allowing them to download it to their iPads.
Idea Flight is a free app to download. Anyone with access to an iPad and a wireless connection can be a Passenger by simply installing the app from the Apple App Store.
The free app contains a sample presentation that is a “how-to” serving as a guide to the app. It also gives anyone the ability to try out being a Pilot before choosing to upgrade.
To host a presentation, Pilots need only make a one-time $7.99 in-app purchase using their iTunes account.
Idea flight is available in nine languages at launch: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Though perfect for business and design professionals, Idea Flight can also be used in other ways, from sharing family vacation photos, to augmenting school lessons and story time, or as an enhancement to a museum tour. We’d love to hear how YOU are using Idea Flight. Tell us here or on our Facebook page.
Additionally, is the place where users can sign up for email alerts, access customer service, ask questions, troubleshoot and give us feedback. If you’d like to download Idea Flight assets, go to our Press Kit. For media inquiries contact [email protected]

About Chris Gonzalez
Chris has been working in technology for over 12 years. In his current role at Condé Nast, he has spearheaded the creation of both a mobile team as well as a product innovation team. He is particularly proud of his work on the Epicurious and mobile apps, in addition to Idea Flight. When not thinking about interactive media and product development, Chris likes to spend his time watching classic movies, singing while driving and being a bad influence on his nieces and nephews. You can find him on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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About Juliana Stock
Juliana leads efforts to create new products and businesses through emerging trends, strategic partnerships, and iterative development. Before working on the product innovation team on Idea Flight, she was the founding General Manager of Gourmet Live. A native New Yorker, she hopes one day for Glee to fulfill her dreams of devoting an entire episode to the musical genius that is Stephen Sondheim. In the meantime, you can find her in Harlem where she lives with her husband and two kids. You can find Juliana on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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3 Responses to Introducing Idea Flight for iPad
Malinda Hartong says:
June 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm
This looks really cool. Just got an iPad for presentations. I’ll give this a try! Also looking forward to sharing this app at my iPad Workshop coming up in a few weeks in Cincinnati!

Juliana Stock says:
June 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm
Thanks Malinda, let us know how it goes in Cincinnati!

Stephen says:
June 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Does it only work with PDF? What if I want to show say part of a video, will it do that as well?

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