Jawbone releases Thoughts for iPhone

Jawbone, the company behind accessories like the Icon Bluetooth headset and the Jambox speaker, has released its first foray into the App Store: Thoughts.

The iPhone app attempts to mix texting with the soothing sounds of your voice. You have a thought, you record it in Thoughts, and you can send it to your friends instantly. If your contacts also use Thoughts, they are notified and can listen to your words of wisdom right in the app. If your thoughtless friends haven’t yet thought to share thoughts on Thoughts, though, they still get to avail themselves of your genius: the app sends an e-mail or an SMS with a link to your recording.

Thoughts even lets you communicate with groups of people at the same time. In the company’s own marketing lingo, “It’s like having a real conversation, but without the hassle of getting everyone together.” So, there’s that.

If you’re too busy—or standing somewhere too loud—to listen to thoughts that friends have sent you, Thoughts can also transcribe the messages for you. You get ten free transcriptions, and then you’re forced to pony-up for an in-app purchase to get more: an additional $3 will get you a pack of 100 while $1 will get you 25.

Jawbone has also released a Thoughts DialApp for owners of Icons and Jamboxes who want to integrate the app with their devices. The Thoughts app is free and requires iOS 3.1 or higher and the company says a new version is coming soon to resolve some issues with the iPhone 3G.

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