U2 Tower ar­chi­tect launches slides app

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Cog­ley

DAVID Craig, the ar­chi­tect be­hind the ill-fated U2 Tower, has launched a new pre­sen­ta­tion app which aims to take on Pow­er­point.

The Scriba Slides app com­ple­ments a sty­lus tai­lored for ipads and other tablets that he launched more than a year ago. The app al­lows pre­sen­ters to high­light and in­ter­act with their slides as they de­liver their talk.

“Dy­namic pre­sen­ta­tions are about so much more than just fancy tran­si­tions — suc­cess is get­ting your point across and keep­ing the au­di­ence en­gaged,” Craig said.

“Scriba Slides is the first app to fea­ture vir­tual slides, al­low­ing you to ma­nip­u­late and tai­lor your pre­sen­ta­tion to your au­di­ence while you are pre­sent­ing. Scriba acts as both a re­spon­sive pre­sen­ta­tion re­mote and a pres­sure-sen­si­tive sty­lus.”

Users of both the app and the sty­lus will be able to make amend­ments or an­no­ta­tions mid-pre­sen­ta­tion. The pen also de­liv­ers tac­tile feed­back, which de­liv­ers alerts and con­firma- tions of on-screen ac­tions to the pre­sen­ter. It can also vi­brate on a timer, no­ti­fy­ing the user when they’re run out of time.

The Dublin-based ar­chi­tect turned en­tre­pre­neur has scooped nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades for the de­sign of his sty­lus, in­clud­ing run­ner-up in Google’s ‘Adopt a Start-up 2017’ pro­gramme. He said that he be­gan to “look else­where” for a chal­lenge af­ter the slow­down of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in Ire­land.

Craig was the de­signer be­hind U2’s tower, which was due to be sited in the Dublin Dock­lands be­fore the project ran into dif­fi­culty.

Once due to be the city’s tallest build­ing, U2’s plans for a 36-storey apart­ment com­plex with a record­ing stu­dio on top ran into dif­fi­culty dur­ing the eco­nomic cri­sis.

The Scriba founder won a com­pe­ti­tion run by the Dublin Dock­lands De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity to de­sign the build­ing af­ter he pitched a twist­ing tower along the quays. A con­sor­tium made up of Sean Mul­ryan’s Bal­ly­more, Paddy Mckillen, and the mem­bers of U2 were se­lected to con­struct and fi­nance the project in 2002.

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