Knock, knock — who’s there?

Back-to-back meetings over appear.in? We have redesigned the locked room experience for even smoother video conversations. If you’re expecting someone at a specific time, you can assume it’s the right person and let them in without even checking who they are. If you’re the careful type, you can first see who it is, and then decide if you want to let them in. If you’re busy talking to another person, just put the knocking guest on hold while you finish your conversation.

The knock-function was first released in april 2014 to let users decide who can enter the locked appear.in rooms you own. When it was first released, the options offered were two; “reject” or “let in”. The new and redesigned knock function is handy for both the room-owner and the guest, as it comes with some additional features!

How the new knock function works for the room-owner

The knock notification displayed below pops up when a guest knocks your locked room, and let’s you choose between three options; See who, Let in and Put on hold.

  1. See who shows who’s knocking by using the guests webcamera. By choosing this option the guests video is displayed in peep-hole mode (image below (⬇️).
  2. put on hold notifies the guest to stay in the room.
  3. let in opens the room for the guest and let’s you start your video conversation.

And for the guest…

At the same time as the new knock function is convenient for the room-owner, the new design offers a smoother user experience for the guest as well. Instead of leaving the guest with the feeling of being kicked out — the new option smoothly notifies them that they are put on hold.

How it looks for the guest before knocking ⬆️.

Our designer, Mikael Fløysand has written more about how he solved and designed the less intrusive knock modal, with the new option to put on hold.

Are you a problem solving type like our designer Mikael? We’re hiring an Android developer right now, so check out our jobs page ⬅️ 😀

Written by Meri Sorgaard, Marketing Manager at appear.in.