Here's the scenario: you're trying to explain something over the phone to your mom, coworker, friend, roommate, or some other person and they just don't get it. This can push even the most docile human being into a fit of frustrated rage, but now there's a solution. It's called Clarisketch, and it's so brilliant I'm not sure why no one thought of it before.

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The concept is simple: take a picture, draw on it while recording a voiceover, then share it with the aforementioned bonehead. It's super neat. The best part is that said bonehead doesn't even need to have the app installed – it'll play in any browser (you can choose to have the video publicly displayed or shared privately). Booya.

The Clarisketch website does a pretty solid job of showing some good examples of what you could potentially use the app for, so the curious among you should probably head that direction.

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Those who are already sold on the idea, however, can grab the app for free from Google Play.

Thanks, Aaron Carvalho.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Trent Callahan

    Negating the requirement to have both people using the app is genius. The "invi" app could learn from that, along with a lot of the other chat apps.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    This is again gonna be one of those apps that I install, thinking it is a great idea and it will be really useful; but then an occasion will never arise when I'll actually really need to use it an this app will just be sitting there. :(

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      I was about to install it but on a second thought the same thing crossed my mind and I didn't. I will keep it mind if needed, though.

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        • Kostas

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          • Marcell Lévai

            Bcuz it's a piece of crap. It's slow, it's full of spam, yet everyone seems to like it. Duh.

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    • Mike Harris

      You're absolutely right... and I do this all the time. The worst is when I do think of a good scenario in which it can be used and I'm sitting there thinking "didn't I have an app that could do that? What the hell was it called again?" I'll then proceed to scroll through all my apps and never actually find it.

      But yeah, I installed this anyway. The idea seems too cool to pass on.

  • jnehama

    Seems similar to an app for OS X, Clarify. It let's you make a short Screencast up to 3 minutes w/ voice over and annotations. The recipient can play it on any video player. It's a great idea so glad it's available for Android.

  • tehboogieman

    This is a great idea, in the past I have hacked together a solution using a screencast app on a rooted phone and youtube, but this looks much easier

  • user

    I think this is amazing... and would use it all the time, however not in it's current state. The only thing I would need is the ability to save the finished video file so that I could post it where needed eg instagram or vine. Have no use for directing my viewers to a 3rd party site / outside the originating medium. If their money is based on ads from the webpage where the vids appear then perhaps they can release a paid version of the app that allows for local saving. Would be 1st in line to buy.... Hope they are reading :)


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  • Aaron Carvalho

    While everyone saying that the uses are very rare, I think certain professions and trades like architects, engineers, builders, mechanics etc can really is this app well. Imagine your car broken down and you don't know what to do. Quick fix on site design solutions. As an architect this app is very useful for me.

    • Mike Harris

      I'm not disagreeing with your premise, but your example is a little suspect. If your car is broken down and you don't know what to do, then what? Someone is supposed to send you a self-recorded video showing you how to fix it? Do they just send all the necessary tools and replacement parts in a separate attachment? Or are you saying that you could use it to record a video of yourself sketching out the route that a friend or tow truck driver should take to find you? Because I thought there was navigation for that.

      • Scott Hamilton

        Navigation doesn't always send you via the best route, maybe you want to direct someone around a traffic jam just forming, or a bad neighborhood, or which apartment building is yours, or you want them to make a stop along the way to pick someone or something up? Just the first few uses that came off the top of my head. As an avid ingress player this app will be invaluable for planning large operations between agents in disparate areas, thank you devs for this genius app! I've already submitted it to my communities and think it'll end up being a regularly used tool. I hope you consider a paid version with the option to save as a video file, as we tend to go places on the map that don't always have the best signal, the ability to download complex instructions without falling with edge speeds would be great!

    • user

      I agree... Been playing with annotating screencaps of Google maps... Circling neighborhoods and highlighting streets along with the narration - would love the ability to embed these into my travelblog posts!

      Imagine how cool it would be if you could add highlights/narration to short videos :)

      Just hoping they add the ability to save your finished video.

  • xi

    It's fun to play with even if you wouldn't need to use it often or at all.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Innovative way of sharing your sketches with voice-over in the Next Big Thing!

    * Applies to Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy Note 4.
    * Requires both sides to have eligible devices.
    * Sharing sketches is performed using Samsung Beam. Eligible devices must be in the immediate vicinity of each other to enable Samsung Beam.

  • aliyappa

    It look like video creation. http://wp.me/s3zd1e-6640

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  • Jaromir KM Bracki

    Am I getting this right - I can draw a dickbutt and subsequently shout "DIckbutt!" while drawing it, and as a result I will get a video of drawing process along with my dumb screams?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually think this is the entire use-case for Clarisketch.

      • Jaromir KM Bracki

        So now it's time to download it, but first - let me learn how to draw dickbutt by myself.

        Anyway, I appreciate the concept of app, does it allow user to adjust the size of output? I am a thrift when it comes to bandwidth usage, and also most of my friends' mobiles do not share the screens that would exceed 720p, so why bother sending overgrown files when they would not enjoy the power?

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  • Paul

    And it's programs like this that make me happy to have an S-Pen. Galaxy Note 1/2/3 ftw! hehe

  • ddh819

    at first i thought it was a reboot of ClarisWorks

  • Kyle

    Looked at examples on my pc and this looked great. Just tried one though on my phone and sent the link. The link takes me to the page but it doesn't play. I'm on a Nexus 5 using Chrome. I assume by not finding anyone complaining about it means that it should work on Chrome mobile. Can anyone confirm? I just have a play button on the picture that does nothing... Even tried their examples on clarisketch.com, same thing.