Audio Encyclopaedia with your mobile phone

“Don’t call us – we WILL call you!”. This could be the marketing slogan of the mobile audio encyclopaedia we are developing and trying out very soon with a group of school children in South Africa.

The idea is simple. You send your query term to the server as an SMS message. Then the server calls you back and a speech synthesizer reads the article found from the Wikipedia database(*.

We have made a video mock-up that explains the concept in 3 minutes. Have a look of the Audio Encyclopaedia in informal learning -video (MP4, 9.1M).

There is also way to contribute to the Wikipedia with your own voice. I’ll write soon more about this feature.

*)We are using our own server with the Wikipedia content. So don’t worry we are not messing-up the Wikipedia itself.

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