When design firm Ideo creates a gadget or comes up with a concept, it's usually pretty interesting -- remember Apple's first mouse? Rather than going for the million-dollar cash-in or making a banal consumer product, Ideo seems to be more of the creative type.
A new project the firm has been working on is an iPhone video app called Spark Camera. While there are already tons of video apps out there -- like Viddy, 8mm, and not to mention social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram that feature video -- Ideo's app is a bit different.
Yes, like those other apps, Spark Camera has filters, the ability to add music, and social media integration, but the concept behind shooting, editing, and sharing is distinct. Ideo's Toy Lab says that it's the "first app we've built purposely for adults."
Designed and developed in-house by Ideo's Toy Lab, which is a branch of Ideo, the app's software borrows from apps the Toy Lab has built for children, like Balloonimals and Elmo's Monster Maker. The idea with Spark Camera is to tell intriguing stories for adults but also make the app fun.
These insights include letting users edit together numerous scenes (rather than creating one long sequential video), add music and filters, and handle a simple interface. Spark Camera was released in Apple's App Store on Thursday and costs $1.99.
Updated at 3:50 p.m. PT to clarify that this is the first app for adults built by Ideo's Toy Lab.