Thursday, December 23, 2010

Feed Speaker

I am subscribed to a lot of blogs. They have interesting content, and I'd like to be able to read them. I'm also strapped for time and really should exercise more. Something's got to give.
I'm imagining a device like an mp3 player. Only, instead of mp3s, it's loaded with text. Text that it loaded from my various feeds. I put on the headphones and hit play, and it reads me the news of the world in a synthesized voice. I can keep up to date with information...while jogging, lifting weights, or otherwise occupied.
This would probably be useful to other people too -- citizens of a democracy have to be well informed on current events, or democracy dies. In an increasingly time-strapped world, being able to do two things at once reasonably well is a welcome gift. I'm hoping that this leads to more news consumption than before, but somehow I doubt it.

5 comments:

KaiWen said...

Market the idea. Design it. Patent it. Profit.

Mad Engineering said...

If I knew more about how electronics works, maybe I could. At this point, I'm aware that it'll need processor, ram, permanent storage, some sort of audio-management chip, some sort of power source (batteries, probably) and a headphones jack.
Probably a lot of my ideas would be marketable if they got past the cocktail napkin stage, but the US Patent office requires that you actually build a working model before they'll grant you a patent.

KaiWen said...

My uncle is an electronics engineer who works for an irrigation company. He seems like the perfect person to help you out. Give him something electronic and you'd be amazed at what he can do with it. He even holds several patents of his own. If I tell him about this idea Im sure he could build one.

Mad Engineering said...

Your uncle may have the patent. I suggest using an ARM CPU, at least 512MB of RAM and ROM each, and I guess I can put together some sort of boot image for it.

KaiWen said...

I just realized, your "feed speaker" has already been invented. Its called a Podcast.

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