Jottle gives users a way to chat face to face over the internet, but on their own terms. Many applications offer users a way to video chat. While this is a great thing, it can also be a bit risky. Users must trust the person on the other side of the chat to not submit an inappropriate video stream. Users may also prefer to keep things face to face, literally. Jottle works with a face scan technology. Through a web cam, the application scans the user’s face so it is the only thing visible during video chat. A “trust” and “unstrust” button is included. Once both users feel comfortable, they can click the trust button. After both have clicked it, they will be able to see the full video feed rather than just the face. The untrust button causes the video to return to faces only. Users can work with Jottle’s automatic trust (which activates after about 30 seconds) or do it on their own terms, when they are ready.
Jottle was created to give users a way to use video chat with other internet users without as great a risk of exposure to something inappropriate. The face scan technology helps keep things on the up and up. Jottle is currently in an open beta status.
There are many applications that offer video chat functionality, however Jottle seems to be the only one that works with a face scan. This helps limit the chances of one user seeing something unexpected or unwanted. The application also gives users flexibility through the trust and untrust feature, so they can turn the face only view on and off at their discretion.
The Jottle website welcomes users with a neat design and blue and orange color scheme. The white background is highlighted by fun fonts and faded grid lines that really give the site more depth. The face scan and other areas of the application feature a deep blue background. Faces are seen in a polaroid shaped box. The site contains no clutter or advertisements to detract from the user’s experience.
Using Jottle is very easy. The user only has to click on the orange “Enter Jottle Now” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. This takes the user to the face scan area which checks for a web cam. A web cam must be accessible to continue. After a few seconds, Jottle will find the user’s face through the web cam (Jottle recommends that the user stay about an arm’s length away from the camera to do this). After clicking the Jottle button, the user can begin chatting. There is no sign up option at this time, however that could change once the application leave open beta.
Jottle is currently a free service. Anyone with a web cam can use it. Within a few clicks, the user can begin chatting with another user. There are no subscription fees or premium accounts, at least not yet. Jottle is still in beta so it is possible that this could change in the future.
Anyone who loves tasteful video chatting can really appreciate Jottle. The face scan technology makes it easier to feel secure when speaking to someone you do not know online. The system is very easy to use and understand as well.