Apple isn't the only entity trying to ease users' transitions between devices. Tsung-Hsiang Chang, a graduate student at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Yang Li, a Google employee, have developed an application that lets users transfer the state of an application from a computer to a smartphone or vice versa just by snapping a picture of the computer's screen. Once the picture is taken, the application is opened right where the user left off.
The application is called Deep Shot, and was designed to work with Web apps. Most Web apps can describe the state they're in with a combination of symbols, called the unique resource identifier (URI), which Deep Shot can use to seamlessly transfer the working state of an open app without the need for cables or interacting with a third-party app to handle the syncing. Deep Shot is technically a third party, but it appears to work in the background and doesn't involve itself in a visible way with the transfer process.