Biton is the only application that incorporates “relay style messaging” in a group-thread interface. Through this unique process, the only way that posts are collected is via a “virtual baton" (called a biton) carried from user to user. In such a group-thread, like a relay race where a baton must be held in order to run, only upon holding the biton does a user have the opportunity to post a message. The user’s message could consist of a picture or 10 second video, with the option to overlay additional features such as text. After the user creates his or her message, he or she has the ability to relay the biton to another user of his choosing by “passing” the biton.
Users create Private Races
Each private race consists of a stream of posts (pictures or 10 second videos), as all of the participants carry along the race's biton, which is chronologically syndicated along the group-thread timeline. This timeline is in view for all members of the group and the messages are displayed in similar manner to a slideshow. The true magic begins when the user plays back the masterpiece that is created, and all posts play together like frames in a film.
A user viewing the group-thread can swipe or tap in designated hot spots to move forward and backward between messages. However, when a user taps on a posted picture or video, a message playback will commence as fluid streaming of pictures and videos starting with the initiated message and automatically follows along each consecutive message in the timeline – until the playback reaches the end of the timeline or when the user taps again on a message image to exit playback.
This new method of communication is known as "Relay Style Messaging" and is protected via a patent.
An additional feature, as displayed in 4th screenshot, is a traditional group chat for all users to communicate via text and emojis within the race.