A new app called Shadow Puppet doesn’t actually involve real puppets, but it does let you create narrated tutorial videos or photo slideshows straight from your phone. It’s as easy as selecting images from your photo library, arranging them in the order you want them to be shared, and narrating the presentation using the phone’s voice recorder.
Once you are happy with the finished product – known as a Puppet – it’s easy to share them with family and friends via social media, email, or text. Those creating videos for their blog or website can also embed the videos directly.
Shadow Puppet was created by Carl Sjogreen and Adrian Graham, both former employees of Google. Having already built a successful travel startup that was acquired by Facebook in 2010, the pair wanted to keep things simple. The name Shadow Puppet was inspired by this philosophy, synonymous with storytelling and using only your hands to communicate.
The app is not only a way to share how-to videos either, Sjorgreen and Graham designed it with the intention of being able to share personal moments as well. For example, Sjogreen’s daughters use the app to narrate the photo slideshows they send to their grandmother.
Completed in April earlier this year, the app was only recently released, coinciding with the iOS 7 update. There is no Android version of the app yet, but depending on its popularity, there could be one just around the corner.