More and more people read articles on their smartphones, using their work commute on a train or a visit to their doctor’s waiting room to catch up on the latest news. But with so much reading on tiny mobile devices, a readers’ vision might begin get a little strained.
A new app called Wibbitz lets your eyes take a break from text by creating quick video summaries that combine the biggest facts in the article with easily recognizable images. For 60-120 seconds, a robotic voice reads the article’s text aloud while showing related images and key phrases. The app uses “advanced text analysis and smart algorithms,” as the official website states, creating easy-to-digest summaries for those uninterested in plowing through large blocks of text.
The app, launched by Zohar Dayan and Yotam Cohen, is currently only available for the iPhone. It contains a ‘top news’ category and a ‘market overview’ — information on the stock market — and allows you specify your own news categories. The app also allows you to choose from certain news outlets, organized by topics such as entertainment, sports, gossip, U.S. and technology.
“Our text-to-video technology is based on advanced NLP and machine learning as well as some artificial intelligence components,” Dayan told Mashable in an email.
“Our main goal is to understand the true essence of a story so we can visualize it in the most accurate way… We patented our technology and today we have the most scalable solution for automatically producing videos. Each video takes us just 5 seconds to create and we’re currently algorithmically generating more than 10,000 videos each day, without any human intervention.”
On the social media front, if you like a certain video summary, you can share it with others through Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also invite friends to use the app from Facebook or your address book.
The app, though, seems to falter in some areas. We found Mashable listed under the technology category and decided to see what would happen if we picked an article published earlier that day.
Courtesy – Mashable