We are trying out the developer preview of Google Wave. Please keep in mind that this is a very early version of Google Wave with known bugs... this is not a final product yet.
In Google Wave, you can invite a robot to a document (a Wave) like you would invite another person. This robot is a program that will do something to your Wave in real-time; Rosy, for instance, auto-translates things being typed into the Wave ("Rosy" as in "Rosetta Stone"). Another robot can auto-complete sentences for you. Yet another robot can convert text smileys into images.
You can use Wave as a kind of real-time teaching tool if you like. For instance, in this video Tony tells me about Sheffield, while embedding map gadgets and more.
Technically, Wave is sometimes a bit slow to load, but otherwise very impressive. On more of a non-technical side, we were wondering whether Wave trying to be everything at once is its upside or its downside.
On the upside, the idea may be that there's no need to switch to other tools, as a Wave is a wiki, chat, email, translator, gadget playground and more all in one! Less choice could theoretically mean less thinking about which app to switch to.
But it seems too early to tell for Wave as Google says it's in its early stages, so we'll have to see when it goes live. Already, several of the things available in Wave might be inspiring for other web apps and spawn and push forward new ideas elsewhere.
[Thanks to Google for the invites, and thanks to Jens Rasmussen!]
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